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Banks are usually open between about 9.00 am and about 5.00 pm –
Some close for a lunch-time break
Some banks are open on Saturdays (and closed on Mondays)
Some banks are closed on Mondays (and closed on Sundays)
Convert your currency into Euros at the current rate of exchange. See what it will cost you “en France”
For a short stay (under 90 days) your European and North American Driver Licences are fine. An International Licence is also acceptable.
All the emergency phone numbers beginning with “01” are in Paris:
Fire Department: 18
SAMU/EMS (Emergency medical services): 15
European Emergency: 112
SOS Médecin (Doctors): 01 47 07 77 77
SOS Dentaire (Dentists): 01 43 37 51 00
Allo Infirmier (nurses) 24 hours: 01 43 43 25 45
Paris Ambulances (AP): 01 40 37 04 04
American Hospital of Paris: 01 40 44 43 45
SOS Crisis Line in English: 01 46 41 25 25
Daily 3pm to 11pm – confidential 01 47 23 80 80
Electricity and Lighting:
Lost Property Service:
36, Rue des morillons – 75015 Paris
0 821 00 25 25 (€0.12/min)
Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 5pm
Fridays from 8.30am to 4.30pm
24 hour Post Office in Paris:
52, rue du Louvre, 75001 Paris Metro: Louvre-Rivoli
Tel: 01 42 80 67 89
It is possible to buy stamps and make travel cheque and foreign currency exchange transactions.
Post stamps can also be purchased in tobacco shops.
To phone in France:
Dial the 10 digit number of your correspondent.
To phone abroad from France:
Dial 00 + dialing code of the country + area code + number of your correspondent.
You can buy phone cards at the post office, tobacco shops or at an RATP or SNCF counter.
To phone from abroad to France:
Dial +33 and the 9 digit number of your correspondent (do not dial the 0 at the beginning of the correspondent’s number).
White and yellow page directory for France – click on the images and you can see the building facades where the shops are located.
Lost or stolen Mobile Telephone:
Orange: 0 825 00 57 00
SFR: 06 10 00 19 00
Bouygues Télécom: 0 800 29 10 00
Visa information and all the formalities, entry requirements and costs for travel from the USA.
To view the weather forecast in Paris and other French cities, please click here
Temperature, humidity, pressure, conditions and three day prediction for over 200+ French localities
Average Fahrenheit Temperatures in PARIS:
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