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Telephone Area Code system in France

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France by Telephone Area Codes

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Telephone area codes in France

The telephone code for France is 33

France is divided into 5 telephone areas corresponding to 5 separate telephone codes essentially reserved for land lines:

01, 02, 03, 04 and 05

The prefixes 06 and 07 are reserved for mobiles.

The 08 is reserved for special numbers.

But beware, these 08 numbers can be free (Numéros Verts) or/and premium rate numbers (Numéros Indigo) used by corporations.

The telephone area code 09 is reserved for Internet Access Providers.

Orange is the French multinational telecommunications corporation formerly known as France Telecom.

Telephone Area Code 01

Corresponds to the city of Paris and the departments of the Paris region or Ile de France:

Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-d’Oise, Val-de-Marne and Yvelines.

Telephone Area Code 02

Corresponds to the regions and departments of Northwestern France:

Normandie: Calvados, Manche, Orne and Seine-Maritime
Centre-Val-de-Loire: Cher, Eure-et-Loir, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher and Loiret
Pays de la Loire: Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne, Sarthe and Vendée
Bretagne: Côtes d’Armor, Finistère, Ile-et-Vilaine and Morbihan

The Telephone Area Code 02 also corresponds to the Overseas departments of Réunion and Mayotte in the Indian Ocean.

Telephone Area Code 03

Corresponds to the regions and departments of the Grand EstHauts-de-France and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in Northeastern France:

Champagne-Ardennes: Ardennes, Aube, Haute-Marne and Marne
Nord-Pas-de-Calais: Nord and Pas-de-Calais
Picardie: Aisne, Oise and Somme,
Lorraine: Meuse, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Moselle and Vosges
Alsace: Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin and Territoire de Belfort
Franche-Comté: Doubs, Haute-Saône and Jura
Bourgogne: Côte-d’Or, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire and Yonne

Telephone Area Code 04

Corresponds to the regions and departments of Occitanie, PACA and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in Southeastern France:

Languedoc-Roussillon: Aude, Gard, Hérault, Lozère and Pyrénées-Orientales
Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur or PACA: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, Hautes-Alpes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Var and Vaucluse
Auvergne: Allier, Cantal, Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme
Rhône-Alpes: Ain, Ardèche, Drôme, Haute-Savoie, Isère, Loire, Rhône and Savoie

The Telephone Area Code 04 also corresponds to the two departments of Corsica:

Corse-du-Sud and Haute-Corse.

Telephone Area Code 05

Corresponds to the regions and departments of Nouvelle Aquitaine in Southwestern France:

Poitou-Charente: Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Vienne
Limousin: Corrèze, Creuse and Haute-Vienne
Aquitaine: Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne and Pyrénees-Atlantiques
Midi-Pyrénées: Ariège, Aveyron, Gers, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénés, Lot, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne

The Telephone Area Code 05 also corresponds to the Overseas departments in the Atlantic Ocean region:

Guadeloupe, Saint-Barthélémy, Saint-Martin, French Guiana (Guyanne), Martinique and Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon.

How to call a French number?

To call a French number from within France:

Dial the complete relevant Telephone Area Code including the 0 (01, 02 etc ...)
Followed by your correspondent's 8 digits number (i.e. 01 42 43 44 45)

To call a French number from abroad:

Dial the international prefix 00
Followed by the code for France 33
Followed by the code of the relevant telephone area code or mobile prefix without the 0
Followed by your correspondent's 8 digits number:
i.e. Land line : 00 33 1 42 43 44 45
i.e. Mobile line: 00 33 6 (or 7) 42 43 44 45)

Finally, don’t forget that French answer the phone with: Allo!

Credits: Telephone area codes map by Cartes de France
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