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France is an inspiring and timeless country that truly evokes the senses with its abundance of natural beauty, culture, art and history, France is world-renowned for its ultra-sophistication, premier landmarks, popular tourist attractions, unique way of life and for being at the forefront of delectable food and wine.

No matter where you stay, seek out a local boulangerie (bakery) and sample sweet treats, perhaps a pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) or an éclair; wander through street markets and try not to get overwhelmed by the variety of fresh fruit and vegetables on offer and be sure to find a marché aux fleurs (flower market) and pick up a bunch to brighten your hotel.

Be sure to pack your walking shoes as wherever you travel in France it’s easy to spend hours wandering through the streets of her cities and towns. Once the day ends, enjoy an apéritif (pre-dinner drink) at a neighbourhood café and watch the world go by.

A visit to this incredible country will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime!​

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France - What to know before you go​​​​

  • ​Climate

The day-to-day climate in France varies, but the year is divided into four distinct seasons. In the summer months, the days are usually warm with cooler evenings. The winter season experiences much shorter days and very cool conditions, often with rain and snow.

  • Average temperature range in ºC


​​City

Winter

Summer

Paris

1-9

13-25

Nice

5-14

18-28

Marsille

3-13

17-30

Lyon

1-7

15-28


  • ​​​Tipping

Throughout France restaurant bills include a service charge of at least 10% by law. This is written as service compris (service included) on your bill but if you had very good service feel free to leave a couple of euros as a tip. A good rule is to tip €1 to every €20-25 spent.

Your hotel porters and cleaning staff usually expect something for their services.

 

  • Electricity

French standard voltage is 230 V, with a plug featuring two rounded prongs – either a C or an E plug. An international adaptor is recommended.

 

  • Currency

The Euro is the sole currency used throughout France.

 

  • Passports, visas and insurance

Australian passport holders do not require a visa for holiday travel less than 90 days. Make sure your passport has at least six months validity from your planned date of return to Australia.

Please confirm passport and visa requirements with your travel consultant or appropriate embassy or consular office. We strongly recommend purchase of a comprehensive travel insurance policy when you book your holiday.

​Under French law you are required to carry an identification document at all times, for example your passport.

 

  • ​Other travelling facts

It is illegal to photograph security services, including police. Penalties may include detention and confiscation of film and/or camera.

It is illegal to conceal the face in public places in France. This includes balaclavas, full veils or any other garment or mask that is used to conceal the face.

 

  • Public holidays

1 January 15 New Year’s Day

3 April 15 Good Friday (only in Alsace and Moselle)

6 April 15 Easter Monday

1 May 15 Labour Day

8 May 15 Victory Day

14 May 15 Ascension Day

25 May 15 Whit Monday

14 July 15 Bastille Day

15 August 15 Assumption of Mary to Heaven

1 November 14 All Saints Day

11 November 14 Armistice Day

25 December 14 Christmas Day

26 December 14 St. Stephen’s Day (only in Alsace and Moselle)

Events

French Open 25 May – June 7 2015

Tour de France 5 July – 26 July 2015

Cannes Film Festival 13 May – 24 May 2015

 

Note: While we take every care to ensure that the travel tips information is correct, the details (and costs) can change. You should inquire about local issues and conditions at destinations prior to travel.

helloworld makes no representations as to the safety, conditions or other issues that may exist at any destination. Current travel advice can be obtained from various sources including local consular offices and the website of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: www.smartraveller.gov.au​