Essential info for France

Population: Over 65 million

Major religion: Christianity, but largely secular.

Capital city: Paris (also largest city)

Legal system: Constitutional republic

Main languages: French is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Time: GMT+1 (GMT+2 from the end of March to the end of October).

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. European two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency: The Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents.

Tipping: 15 percent service charge always included, although tipping for exceptional service is common in the main centres.

International dialling code: +33. Paris area code is (0)1.

Emergency numbers: 112 (general emergencies), 15 (specialised emergency medical services), 18 (fire), and 17 (police).

Internet TLD: .fr

Drives on the: Right

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