Alt Codes for French Letters with Accents

Below is the complete list of keyboard shortcuts using Windows Alt codes for letters with accents or diacritics that are used in writing in the French language. If you are new to Alt codes and need detailed instructions on how to use them, please read How to Use Alt Codes to Enter Special Characters. Alternatively, instead of using Alt codes, you can also just quickly tap or click any accented letter in the list below to copy it and paste it into your document.

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In the French language, several letters are accompanied by accents or diacritical marks, which significantly affect their pronunciation and may distinguish them from their unaccented counterparts. Here are the accented letters used in the French language:

  1. À (a grave): Pronounced as /a/ or /aː/. Example: “pâte” (paste).
  2. Â (a circumflex): Pronounced as /ɑ/. Example: “pâte” (paste).
  3. Ä (a diaeresis/umlaut): Pronounced as /ɑ/ or /æ/. It is used in loanwords and foreign names. Example: “Allemagne” (Germany).
  4. Ç (c cedilla): Pronounced as /s/. Example: “garçon” (boy).
  5. È (e grave): Pronounced as /ɛ/. Example: “père” (father).
  6. É (e acute): Pronounced as /e/. Example: “été” (summer).
  7. Ê (e circumflex): Pronounced as /ɛ/. Example: “tête” (head).
  8. Ë (e diaeresis/umlaut): Pronounced as /ɛ/ or /e/. Example: “Noël” (Christmas).
  9. Î (i circumflex): Pronounced as /i/. Example: “île” (island).
  10. Ï (i diaeresis/umlaut): Pronounced as /i/. Example: “Haïti” (Haiti).
  11. Ô (o circumflex): Pronounced as /o/. Example: “hôtel” (hotel).
  12. Œ (ligature oe): Pronounced as /œ/. Example: “sœur” (sister).
  13. Ù (u grave): Pronounced as /y/. Example: “où” (where).
  14. Û (u circumflex): Pronounced as /y/. Example: “fût” (was).
  15. Ü (u diaeresis/umlaut): Pronounced as /y/ or /u/. It is used in loanwords and foreign names. Example: “über” (over).
  16. Ù (u grave): Pronounced as /y/. Example: “où” (where).
  17. Ý (y acute): Pronounced as /i/. It is used in loanwords and foreign names.

These accented letters are an integral part of the French language and are used to indicate specific sounds and differentiate between homographs. Proper use of accents is essential for correct spelling and pronunciation in French.

For Alt codes for letters with accents or diacritical marks that are used in other foreign languages, visit Alt Codes for Latin Letters with Accents or Diacritical Marks used in Foreign Languages. For the the complete list of the first 256 Windows Alt Codes, visit Windows Alt Codes for Special Characters & Symbols.