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What is French Ruled Paper? – Writer's Bloc Blog

What is French Ruled Paper?



Simply put, French ruled or Séyès paper is the standard lined paper used by students in France. It is as commonly used in France as college ruled paper is used in the USA.

French ruled paper consists of an 8mm x 8mm grid, with lighter or thinner horizontal lines spaced 2mm apart inside the main grid. There is a left margin, as well as some space without the horizontal lines at the top and bottom of the page.

This paper is useful for students to learn French cursive, and is an excellent tool for anyone wanting to learn cursive writing, to improve their handwriting or practice calligraphy.

The vertical grid lines are useful to add a nice visual form to written essays etc. Indentations, such as at the beginning of a paragraph, can be kept consistent using these vertical lines.

Besides using this paper for regular writing and note taking, I have heard that some people use this paper to record lab results, do bookkeeping, create matrices, as well as creating grading rubrics. Others use it because they love paper with very narrow lines. I can’t help but thinking that this would be good paper for creating crossword or sudoku puzzles, or maybe even for practicing Chinese or Korean writing. Whatever you want to use it for, Writer’s Bloc now has an expanded line of Clairefontaine’s French Ruled paper. Why not think outside the lines and give it a try to see why so many people love it!

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16 Replies to “What is French Ruled Paper?”

  1. Hi, I’d love to try French Cursive! Could you please tell me what the bottom ink in the top picture is?

  2. French-ruled paper, Séyès paper

    The first time I saw French cursive was when I received the first letter from my French pen pal when I was in middle school. French cursive is very precise and very neat. I find it quite pretty as well. I just recently learned about French ruled paper,…

  3. Hi Cheryl, Your writing sample is so beautiful! That last image is how I found Writer’s Bloc – by searching online for examples of French cursive. My husband and I just put in an order, and are excited to get some new supplies. Can you show us more examples of your handwriting? Thanks! Jenna

  4. Hi Jenna,
    I haven’t done much writing since I had a minor injury to my thumb about a year ago. It’s almost back to normal now, so your comment is an inspiration for me to get back to French cursive. It’s a beautiful style of writing for sure! Thanks for the compliment and thanks for visiting our shop!

    1. Hello MaryPat,

      The difference between the medium and large French rule notebooks is the size of the notebook itself (not the size of the rules). Thanks for asking!


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