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I don't know French (just English, German, and learning Spanish).

I've noticed on some French (and Italian) documents that the text is right-aligned. Is that common in French (and Italian), a quirk of the particular document, or...???

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Which of the French documents are right aligned ? – jlliagre Jan 21 '14 at 0:44
I don't recall at the moment; it could have been "Around the World in 80 Days" or "Robinson Crusoe" or "Gulliver's Travels" (the translations into French, in the latter two cases). It could be, though, that the doc I was pasting the text into was goofed up - although I didn't have them right-aligned (not something I would ever do). It happened in the Italian "Alice in Wonderland," too... – B. Clay Shannon Jan 21 '14 at 0:51
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In french, text is generally "justified" or left aligned.

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