How to call France (country code +33)

Calling to France

France’s country code may be mis-labelled:

  • Country code 0033 (exit code of ’00’ used in many European, Asian, and African nations followed by France’s country code of ’33’).
  • Country code 01133 (exit code of ‘011’ used in the United States and Canada followed by France’s country code of ’33’).

When calling to a mis-labelled country code, remove the exit code from the call sequence and replace it with the exit code of the country the call is dialed from.

… to a mobile (cellular) phone

Use the same call sequence.

Mobile phone numbers are represented by area codes ’06’ and ’07’. The leading ‘0’ is not included when calling from outside France.

When calling a mobile phone user, call to the country where the mobile phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a VoIP phone

Use the same call sequence.

VoIP phone numbers are represented by area code ’09’. The leading ‘0’ is not included when calling from outside France.

When calling a VoIP phone user, call to the country where the VoIP phone is registered, regardless of where the person being called is currently roaming.

… to a satellite phone

France does not have a country-speicifc satellite phone system.

Most satellite phones operate on their own country code – calls to these satellite phones follow their own call sequence.

… sending a fax

Use the same call sequence.

Calling within France (domestic dialing)

All domestic calls in France use the ten digit dialing sequence including the a leading ‘0’ as well as the area code.

0one digiteight digits
trunk prefixarea codelocal phone number

French phone numbers explained

Number details

French phone numbers are nine digits (ten digits including a leading ‘0’).

The leading ‘0’ is a trunk prefix that communicates to the phone system that the phone call is domestic.

The first digit is an area code that represents a geographic part of the country, or whether the phone number is a mobile or VoIP phone number.

Mobile numbers begin with digit ‘6’ or ‘7’. VoIP phone numbers begin with digit ‘9’.

An example of a French phone number

The Louvre Museum lists its phone number in Paris as +33 (0)1 40 20 53 17.

Number explanation
33140 20 53 17
country code for Francegeographic (area) code for Parislocal phone number within Paris
Local example – calling from another location in Paris

Dial all ten digits of the phone number (including the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code) for any domestic calls within France – even within the same area code.

0140 20 53 17
trunk prefixarea code for Parislocal phone number
Long distance example – calling from Marseilles, France (on the other side of the country)

Dial all ten digits of the phone number (including the trunk prefix ‘0’ and the area code)

0140 20 53 17
trunk prefixgeographic (area) code for Parislocal phone number within Paris
International example – calling from outside France

To call from outside France, dial the exit code of the country the call is dialed from, followed by France’s country code of ’33’, followed by the local area code and phone number.

The leading ‘0’ is not included in the phone call when calling from outside France.

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exit code of the country the call is dialed fromcountry code for Francegeographic (area) code for Parislocal phone number within Paris

Calling from France

’00’ is used as an exit code when dialing an international call from France.

Administrative and regulatory

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