Visiting

Business hours

Businesses are usually open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, but some may close earlier on Fridays.

Some government offices may have different business hours.

Shops are generally open from 9.00am to 7.00pm, Monday to Saturday, with some till 8.00pm, very few are open Sunday.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year’s Day
May 1 – Labour Day
May 8 – Victory Day 1945
July 14 – Bastille Day
August 15 – Assumption
November 1 – All Saint's Day
November 11 – Armistice 1918
December 25 – Christmas

Climate

France has a varied, temperate climate.

From November to March the weather is cool. In comparison to the north, winters are mild in the south, but the winds can be quite powerful.

Most city dwellers take holidays either in July or August, the hottest months, so beaches in the south are usually busy at this time of year.

For weather details in France, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

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The official currency is the Euro (€).

Time zones and time differences

France is 10 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

To find out the current time in Paris, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

France's country code is +33.

For calls to France from Australia dial: 0011 + 33 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from France to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialing codes.

Electricity and water

France’s power supply is 220V, 50Hz. The round two-prong plugs are the most common.

European round pin adaptors will work in France.

Tap water is safe to drink in France.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

France is a major tourist destination. For more information, visit the French Tourism Agency.

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