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Numéros de téléphone
French phone numbers can be a little confusing at first, so here are some tips on understanding the different ways they may be recited and written, as well as how to use them.
Regular French phone numbers have 10 digits. They are usually written in pairs separated by spaces or periods.
- 01 23 45 67 89
They are also recited in pairs: zéro un, vingt-trois, quarante-cinq, soixante-sept, quatre-vingt-neuf
The first two digits are a prefix which gives information about the type and location of the number, and the remaining eight digits are the phone number.
French phone prefixes | Indicatifs
|01||Fixed phone||Île-de-France (Paris and surroundings)|
|02||Fixed phone||Northwest France|
|03||Fixed phone||Northeast France|
|04||Fixed phone||Southeast France|
|05||Fixed phone||Southwest France|
Within France, you always have to dial all 10 digits, even if you’re in the same region as the number you’re calling.
International calls | Appels internationaux
When calling from outside of France, you lose one of those digits but need a few additional ones:
- The relevant international prefix*
- France’s country code: 33
- Phone number without the initial 0
Depending on where you are when someone gives you their phone number, it might have 10 digits, like at the beginnig
of this lesson, or it might include the country code plus 9 digits, like this:
* International prefixes
- 011 calling from US, Canada, or the non-French Caribbean
- 0011 calling from Australia
- 00 calling from most other countries
So regardless of whether you’re given the number
|01 23 45 67 89||in France|
|011 33 1 23 45 67 89||in US, Canada, Caribbean|
|0011 33 1 23 45 67 89||in Australia|
|00 33 1 23 45 67 89||in another country|
Emergency numbers | Numéros d’urgence
A few very short numbers are available for emergency services:
|112||numéro d’urgence européen||emergency anywhere in EU|
|114||urgence : personnes sourdes et malentendantes||emergency: deaf/hard-of-hearing persons|
USSD codes | Codes secrets
Mobile phone companies often have short numbers available for their customers, such as 110 for Orange customer service and 963 for SFR customer service.
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