France - General Information


Area:     551 602 sq km

Population:     64 million

Currency:   Euro (€, EUR)

Electricity:   220 V, 50 Hz

Time Zone:   GMT/UTC + 1 (Central European Time)

Weights and measures:   metric system

Telephone Area Code: The international code to call France is “+ 33”. When calling from abroad, the number should be dialed without the first “0”.


European Union citizens do not need a visa to stay in France.
According to your citizenship, the duration and purpose of your stay in France, a visa may be required before departure. For further information, please consult the French Foreign Affairs Ministry Website.


Capital of France, Paris is a thriving and ever-changing city. Its 20 bite-sized arrondissements spiral outwards from the centre. The dividing line is the River Seine, with the Right Bank (Rive Droite) lying north of the river and the Left Bank (Rive Gauche) to the south.

Area:   105 sq Km

Population:   2, 15 million inhabitants
Telephone Area Code: When calling from France, Paris numbers always start with “01” and French cell phone numbers always start with “06”.
Getting around: The best way to get around in Paris is on foot or on its efficient and extensive Métro, the Métropolitain underground railway. No matter where you are in Paris, the chances are there’s a metro station within a few blocks (see map).

Cultural visits and social life: For more information about current exhibitions and Parisian night
life, visit Time Out’s Website.


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