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Nowadays, there is a trend to avoid the use of the formulas "Dear Sir or Madam" or "Dear Sir/Madam"in the beginning of a formal letter. One may use "To whom it may concern" instead. There are even other alternatives which are more suitable.

The problem is that not everyone will identify with “Sir” or “Madam”. To quote

https://blog.hubspot.com/sales/dear-sir-or-madam-alternatives

(...) You never want to offend or assume the gender conformity of a business associate or peer. If you do guess a contact’s gender -- and guess wrongly -- you’ll immediately raise red flags and risk your ability to do business with them.

In French, on the contrary, the formula "À qui de droit" sounds awkward and is not used. See Expression : À qui de droit and Translation of 'to whom it may concern'.

My question is if the alternative formulas

Aux personnes intéressées/aux personnes concernées

À l'attention des personnes intéressés/concernées

Merci de communiquer ces informations aux personnes intéressées/concernées

share the same "neutrality" as the English counterpart "To whom it may concern".

marked as duplicate by jlliagre, Stéphane Gimenez Jan 5 at 7:10

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