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Information on France

Cafés & restaurants | Electricity | Emergency services | French time | Health | Money | Public holidays in France | Supermarkets | Telephones | SatelliteTV & DVD players | Conversion tables

Cafés & restaurants

Prices are always displayed outside. Tax and service charges are included.


The voltage in France, 220-240v, is compatible with appliances used in the UK but you will need a plug adaptor. They are widely available in high street shops, airports, and on cross-Channel ferries.

Emergency services

On public or fixed line telephones, dial for Ambulance 15, Police 17, Fire 18.

French time

The time difference between the UK and France has been standardised and France is always one hour ahead of the UK. Arrival and departure times at villas are given in French time.


It is essential you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) prior to departure. It is easiest to complete an application form online ( - you should have the card within 7 days. The card guarantees reduced cost for medical treatment at French public hospitals but the cost of drugs and out-patient care may not always be covered.


Cash: Avoid taking large denomination Euro notes as they may not be easily changed due to strict money-laundering regulations. Supermarkets will not accept 500 Euro notes for purchases below 200 Euros.
Banks: Banking hours vary throughout France. Some banks are open weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00, often with a lunch break which can be as long as from 12:00 to 14:00; others open Saturday and close on Mondays. A few banks still close at 15:30. Most Post Offices offer Bureau de Change services and are open for much longer hours, sometimes 08:00 to 19:00 weekdays, and on Saturdays 08:00 to 12:00.
Cash dispensers: Automatic cash dispensers, available in all towns and some villages, make a charge for international cash withdrawals. Users are allowed only two attempts at entering their correct PIN number before the card is retained by the machine and can only be retrieved from the bank.

Public holidays in France
1 January New Year's Day / Jour de l'An
14 & 17 April Easter / Pâques
1 May Labour day / Fête du Travail
8 May WWII Victory Day / Fête de la Victoire
25 May Ascension Day / Ascension Catholique
5 June Whit Monday / Pentecôte
4 July Bastille Day / Fête Nationale
15 August Assumption of the Blessed Virgin / Assomption
1 November All Saints' Day / Toussaint)
11 November Armistice Day / Armistice 1918
25 December Christmas / Noël


Remember to take your own bags or baskets as carrier bags are not available free of charge.


To call the UK from France: first dial 00 44, your STD code minus the 0, your number.

Satellite & DVD players

French satellite broadcast systems and DVD players sometimes operate on a different system to those in the UK. Some DVD players at our properties cannot play UK DVDs. Satellite channels available in the UK may not be available in France, and at some villas programmes may be broadcast in French only.

Conversion table
1 degree fahrenheit 9/5C degrees +32 degrees
1 inch 2.54centimetres
1 foot 30 centimetres
1 yard 0.914 metres
1 mile 1609 metres
1 acre 0.405 hectares
1 acre 4,046.9 sq metres
1 pint 0.5683 litres
1 gallon 4.456 litres
1 pound 453.59 grammes


Information on France