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ID 59 Closed (Not a Bug) datetime 2.59 Spurious comma in French long and short dates

## Report

With french option of the babel's package, there is a spurious comma in long and short dates, as pointed out by the joined MWE.

Denis Bitouzé

### MWE

\listfiles

\documentclass[french]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{babel}
\usepackage{datetime}
\begin{document}
\begin{description}
\item[Correct:] \today
\item[Not correct:] \shortdate\today
\item[Not correct:] \longdate\today
\end{description}
\end{document}


## Evaluation

This is a documented feature of the \longdate and \shortdate commands. The datetime package was originally designed to replace the ukdate package and the original declarations \longdate, \shortdate and \textdate were all hard-coded for British English. Later, datetime was made compatible with babel, but only to the extent of preventing babel's \date<language> commands from overwriting datetime's definition of \today. The replacement datetime2.sty is being designed as a language/region-aware package and the language modules should provide abbreviations for the given region as appropriate.

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