I would like to identify the font – or a close match – used on this form issued by the French administration in the 70s:

French form from the 70s I gave a try at several online font identifiers (myfonts.com and 2 others) which did not yield anything close to be useful.

Using screening of font collections I could find somewhat matching fonts, like Gill Sans or a few other entries in Linotype catalogue. (See the particular shape of the b and the q and a letters, but the pretty apostrophe is not matched and the ç looked very different.)

Can anyone identify that font?

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    Hi. Welcome to GDSE. Why are you trying to do this? Alarm bells ring when someone here asks for a font ID when the sample is an official form. I am not accusing you of anything, but can you see how suspicious this looks?
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jun 28, 2021 at 14:54
  • Ah – I did not consider that… This is out of curiosity, mainly because the font is very pretty and the typography of the document is excellent. I did not think about falsification possibilities. Commented Jun 28, 2021 at 15:25
  • I just uploaded a partial sample of the original document to prevent malicious use of it. Commented Jun 28, 2021 at 15:33
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    If it's just because it's pretty and you like it, then a close match will surely suffice. Gill sans is almost identical except for the slight differences you noticed, and it's the closest I know of. It certainly has the same look and feel, even if not absolutely identical.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jun 28, 2021 at 15:37
  • Very nice, thank you so much! Commented Jun 28, 2021 at 16:28

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It is Gill Sans, it's just that the blobby ink and wide spacing of the metal type at the small size makes it look different to the digital version you may be used to.

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