Understand French phone numbers

The French telephone numbering plan is not only used for metropolitan France but also for the French overseas departments and some overseas collectivities.

The plan uses a ten-digit closed numbering scheme, where the first two digits denote the area:

  • 01 Île-de-France
  • 02 Northwest France
  • 03 Northeast France
  • 04 Southeast France
  • 05 Southwest France
  • 06 and 07 Mobile phone services
  • 08 Freephone (numéro vert) and shared-cost services.
  • 09 Non-geographic number (used by Voice over IP services, formerly 087 numbers)

All geographic numbers are dialed in the ten-digit format, even for local calls.

When calling France from abroad, the leading zero should be omitted: for example, to call a number in Southwest France, one would dial +33 5 09 75 83 51.

French people usually state phone numbers as a sequence of five double-digit numbers, e.g., 0x xx xx xx xx (and not, for example, 0 xxx xxx xxx).