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> Time and opening hours
Most businesses are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. In tourist resorts they are also open on Sundays and public holidays, whereas in towns and cities, such as Clermont-Ferrand, they are closed.
Public services (post office, town hall) are generally open from Monday to Friday and closed on public holidays.
Restaurants serve lunch from noon to 1.30 p.m. and dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

> Summer/winter time
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
In winter, the time in France is GMT +1. When it is 12.00 GMT, it is 1 p.m. in France.
Change to winter time: Sunday 28th October (at 3 a.m., it will be 2 a.m.)
In summer, the time in France is GMT +2. When it is 12.00 GMT, it is 2 p.m. in France.
Change to summer time: Sunday 31st March (at 2 a.m., it will be 3 a.m.)

> Currency, euro
€1 is made up of 100 centimes or cents.
Notes: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500.
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimes, as well as €1 and €2.
Value of the euro: €1 = £0.84 = $1.25
Your bank card will give you 24-hour access to euros by using any of our many ATMs.

> Electrical standards
The French standard is 220V with a frequency of 50 Hz.
Bring an adaptor. If you forget, electrical goods and DIY stores will sell them, as will supermarkets.
French plugs have two round pins.

> France uses the metric system for measurements and temperatures are expressed in degrees Celsius.

- Conversion table for the most common measurements


Métrique Royaume-Uni / USA 
 1 kilo(gramme) (kg)  2.204 pounds
 1 mètre (m)  3.281 feet / 1.093 yard
 1 kilomètre (km) 0.621 mile 
 1 litre (l)  0.264 US gallon / 0.220 UK gallon
 1 litre (l)  2.1 US pints / 1.76 UK pint

- Celsius/Fahrenheit conversion table

Degrés Celsius  Fahrenheit
 -10°C  14°F
 -5°C  23°F
 0°C  32°F
 5°C  41°F
 10°C  50°F
 15°C  59°F
 20°C 68°F
 25°C  77°F
 30°C  86°F

> Clothes and shoe sizes
In order not to get confused and to help you ask for your size, here are the correspondences.

France Etats-Unis   Royaume-Uni
 34  extra small (XS)  6
 36  small (S)  8
 38  medium (M)  10
 40  large (L)  12
 42  extra large (XL)  14
 44  extra extra large (XXL)  16

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