# How can I write the date in french?

I use the following command:

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article}
\usepackage[francais]{babel}


but the date is just shown as "16 fvrier 2017" missing a "é", I wonder how should I deal with this problem?

What's more, the title of content misses also a "è":

• Add \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} and \usepackage{lmodern}if unless you want a non-default font. – Bernard Feb 16 '17 at 19:46
• – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Feb 16 '17 at 19:54

Adding \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} and \usepackage{lmodern} solved the problem.

@Bernhard: Add \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} and \usepackage{lmodern}if unless you want a non-default font.

Output:

Code:

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article}
\usepackage[francais]{babel}
%\usepackage[french]{babel}
\usepackage{datetime}

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{lmodern}
\begin{document}

\today
\end{document}


You can also customize your date format with \newdateformat{mydateformat}{\monthname~\THEYEAR}. Command \mydateformat\today.

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You only need a section. Formatting pagecounter is optional.

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article}
\usepackage[francais]{babel}
%\usepackage[french]{babel}
\usepackage{datetime}
\title{Sur l'Extension Galoisienne de Degr\'e Infini}

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{lmodern}
\begin{document}

\maketitle \tableofcontents
\pagestyle{empty}
\cleardoublepage
\setcounter{page}{1}
\pagestyle{plain}

\section{Date}
Today: \today
\end{document}

• What's more, I just noticed that the title of content is shown as "Table des matires" missing a "è", how should I deal with this? – Victor Chen Feb 16 '17 at 20:41
• Can you add your code as MWE? meta.tex.stackexchange.com/questions/228/… – Bobyandbob Feb 16 '17 at 20:45
• \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article} \usepackage[francais]{babel} \usepackage{datetime} \title{Sur l'Extension Galoisienne de Degr\'e Infini} \begin{document} \maketitle \tableofcontents \end{document} Here is my code, it doesn't work – Victor Chen Feb 16 '17 at 20:55
• @Victor Chen . You need at least one \section. I expand the answer to that. See above. It works. – Bobyandbob Feb 16 '17 at 21:04
• I've tried, but just as the picture shows, I doesn't work. I don't know why :( – Victor Chen Feb 16 '17 at 21:17

I can't reproduce the issue:

\documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article}
\usepackage[francais]{babel}

\begin{document}
\title{Titre}
\author{A. Uteur}
\maketitle

\today
\end{document}


On the other hand, you get a warning on the console telling you

Package frenchb.ldf Warning: OT1 encoding should not be used for French.
(frenchb.ldf)                Add \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} to the preamble
(frenchb.ldf)                of your document; reported on input line 4.


which tells you how to, at least, avoid the warning. It not only avoids the warning, but makes TeX hyphenate properly words with accented letters.