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French alphabet

The French alphabet is based on the Latin alphabet. It uses the standard 26 letters:

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - X - W - Y - Z

A special combination is almost always ligatured:


However writing 'oe' instead of a ligatured 'œ' does not present comprehension problems: few pair of words, if any, differ only by such a ligature; and it was customary with old typewriters and old computers to write 'oe' instead of the often inexistent 'œ' character. A few words like 'moelleux' have 'oe' written without a ligature.


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