France Communication


Dial-around services are directly available from any landline in France. No contract, no registration is required. Most dial-around services allows you to call USA, Canada, Western Europe and many other countries at local rate (tarif local) so you can easily save on your phone bill. They also work from payphones, though the first minute is surcharged by France Telecom. You can also use Viber, WhatsApp, FaceTime. This is probably one of the cheapest solutions for travellers in France.

If you are staying for some time in France it is advisable to buy a prepaid SIM card for your phone so that incoming calls are free. Additionally, French businesses and individuals are unlikely to want to call an international number to get hold of you as there will be a surcharge to them. Most service providers such as (Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom) supply SIM cards in shops.


French is the official language of France. The French government does not regulate the choice of language in publications by individuals but the use of French is required by law in commercial and workplace communications. Besides French, there exist 77 vernacular minority languages of France, eight spoken in French metropolitan territory and 69 in the French overseas territories. French is the second most studied foreign language in the world after English, and is a lingua franca in some regions, notably in Africa.

As a popular travel country, English is widely spoken here. You can easily enjoy your stay. However the following simple phrases will help you a lot.


Au revoir/Goodbye

Excusez-moi/Excuse me

Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?/Do you speak English?

Est-ce que vous pouvez m'aider?/Can you help me?

Je ne comprends pas. /I don't understand.

Pourriez-vous parler plus lentement, s’il vous plaît?/Could you speak more slowly, please?

Pourriez-vous répéter, s’il vous plaît?/Could you repeat , please?

Où est le métro?/Where is the subway?

Combien ça coûte?/How much does that cost?


Wireless internet (wi-fi) is increasingly the norm in even the cheapest French hotels and is often – though not invariably – free. Many hotels will also have a computer terminal in a public area for those who do not have laptops or smartphones. Internet access is available at cyber cafes in large and medium-sized cities all over. However , Internet access is available at cyber cafes in large and medium-sized cities all over.