French telephone numbers consist of 10 digits. The first two digits of fixed telephone lines are 01 for Paris, 02 for North West, 03 for North East, 04 for South East and 05 for South West. Check the 5 geographic locations and their telephone area codes.
Mobile numbers start with 06 and 07.
If you want to call internationally from France, you have to dial 00 and the corresponding country code. For example, if you want to call the United-Kingdom, you must dial 00 and its country code, 44, followed by the telephone number omitting the initial 0.
France’s country code is +33. If you want to call France from another country, you have to dial 00 33, then the French number without its leading zero. For example, if you want to call a mobile number starting with 06, you must dial 00 33 followed by 6 and by the 8 digits of the mobile number like this: 00336XXXXXXXX
Many French telecommunications operators provide multiple package offers including landline, wireless, television and Internet services. Compare their offers and choose the one that suits you best.
Choosing the right telecommunications operator
Telecommunications operators offer various packages at different rates. To get more information on their offers, visit their stores or their websites before registering.
There are several French main telephone companies and Internet service providers, namely:
Setting up a fixed telephone line
The account activation process can take between 48 hours and 8 days. If the previous occupant of your new home had a telephone line, it is advisable to find out the contact details (name and number) as the installation of an active phone line may not be necessary. Telecommunications operators charge around €50 for line activation.
Setting up a mobile phone line
When deciding on a phone plan in France, you can either choose a postpaid phone plan (forfait) or a prepaid plan (prépayé). Postpaid plans generally offer better rates and a wider range of services and options, and especially for students.
The duration of your contract
Choose the plan that best suits the duration of your stay in France. Plans without a contract let people decide to end a plan whenever they want. It is the best option for people staying in France for a relatively short period of time. Plans with a contract commit you to the same provider for a period of time between 12 and 24 months. The contract offers a phone with a cheaper price than in a shop.