Tax stamps, 220 Volts plug adapters and other French specificities
Wondering about plugs and outlets in France? Where to buy tax stamps? Or which are the French national holidays? Find more useful information here.
In France, the standard power supply is 220 Volts. Therefore, you may need to buy an adapter to make sure your appliances will work fine.
You can buy stamps at a post office or a tobacconist’s. Here is the sign to identify a tobacconist’s.
You can also buy tax stamps at a tobacconist’s.
Smoking in public places
In France, smoking is prohibited in all public places. In case of infringement, you will be fined €68.
The French calendar includes 11 national holidays ("jours fériés") - either civil or religious. If you are planning to go to a museum, a restaurant or a hotel on a national holiday, we recommend that you would call in advance to make sure it will be open. The French law and/or corporate collective agreements apply in particular in terms of remuneration.
|New year’s day||January 1st||January 1st||January 1st|
|Easter Monday||April 1st||April 21st||April 6th|
|Labor Day||May 1st||May 1st||May 1st|
|WWII Victory Day||May 8th||May 8th||May 8th|
|Ascension||May 9th||May 29th||May 14th|
|Pentecost||May 20th||June 9th||May 25th|
|Bastille Day||July 14th||July 14th||July 14th|
|Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary||August 15th||August 15th||August 15th|
|All Saints Day||November 1st||November 1st||November 1st|
|Armistice Day||November 11th||November 11th||November 11th|
|Christmas Day||December 25th||December 25||December 25th|
In France, clocks are manually changed twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. The changes always take place on a Sunday night at 2am.
The clocks are set forward by an hour. 2am becomes 3am.
|Year||Time change forward|
|2014||Sunday, March 30th|
|2015||Sunday, March 29th|
|2016||Sunday, March 27th|
The clocks are turned backward one hour. 3am becomes 2am.
|Year||Time change backward|
|2014||Sunday, October 26th|
|2015||Sunday, October 25th|
|2016||Sunday, October 30th|