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Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


From January the 1st 2002, the currency in circulation is the euro. There are some notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. The nominal values of the coins are: 1 cent (or 1/100 of euro), 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro and 2 euros.


Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in France , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express

Business hours

Stores open from Monday afternoon to Saturday evening. Some department stores and supermarkets remain open until 21.00, once or twice a week, but they would normally close at 19.00.



The Internet suffix is: .fr

Basic conversation guide

Yes = Oui
No = Non
Thank you = Merci
Hello = Bonjour
Good morning = Bonjour
Goodbye = Au revoir, Adieu
I do not understand = Je ne comprends pas
How much does this cost? = Quel est le prix? Combien ça coûte?
I would like to buy ... = Je voudrais acheter ...
Do you accept credit cards? = Acceptez-vous les cartes de crédit?
Where is ...? = Où est ...?
Airport = un aéroport
Train station = la gare
Post office = la poste
Bank = la banque
Police station = le poste de police, la gendarmerie
Pharmacy, Chemist = la pharmacie
One ticket to ..., please. = Un billet pour ..., s'il vous plaît.
Are there any vacancies for tonight? = Avez-vous des chambres disponibles pour ce soir?.


Languages spoken

Official language: French.The national language of France is French. However, it is important to note the growing use of English and German in business. This is particularly true in large cities.

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