Came across the futur simple of mener today in written form and noticed the change to accent grave (è), which naturally departs from the standard conjugation pattern of adding the futur simple verb endings to the infinitive.

Is this characteristic of a pattern of similar orthographic changes in the futur simple for verbs ending in -ener?

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It's not just -ener verbs, and it's not just è.

Mener / Je mène / Je mènerai

Lever / Je lève / Je lèverai

Jeter / Je jette / Je jetterai

When there's an orthographic change between the infinitive and the present, most of the times that change also happens with future simple.

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