agstudy agstudy - 15 days ago 8
Python Question

Parse French date in python

Can someone please tell me how can I parse a French date in Python? Sorry if the question is a duplicate but I couldn't find one.

Here is what I have tried using the

dateutil
parser:

import locale
from dateutil.parser import parse as parse_dt
locale.setlocale(locale.LC_TIME, 'fr_FR.UTF-8') ## first I set locale
## locale.LC_TIME, 'fr_FR.UTF-8')
parse_dt('3 juillet',fuzzy= True) ## don't work give the default month
## Out[29]: datetime.datetime(2014, 10, 3, 0, 0)
parse_dt(u'4 Août ',fuzzy= True) ## same thing using another month


Edit : add some context:



I am parsing dates without know in advance the format of my string. The idea is to parse many dates in fly :

parse_dt(u'Aujourd''hui ',fuzzy= True)
parse_dt(u'Hier',fuzzy= True)


Edit using another library :



Using parsedatime library and some regular expression to translate french words , I can get this:

import parsedatetime
import re
cal = parsedatetime.Calendar()
cal.parse(re.sub('juil.*' ,'jul' ,'20 juillet'))
((2015, 7, 20, 10, 25, 47, 4, 283, 1), 1)


Maybe should I generalize this to all french months?

Answer

dateparser module can parse dates in the question:

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
import dateparser # $ pip install dateparser

for date_string in [u"Aujourd'hui", "3 juillet", u"4 Août", u"Hier"]:
    print(dateparser.parse(date_string).date())

It translates dates to English using a simple yaml config and passes the date strings to dateutil.parser.

Output

2015-09-09
2015-07-03
2015-08-04
2015-09-08