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Time Zone
France is located in the CEST time zone: Central European Summer Time, which is GMT + 2 hours.
Details on time zones and world clock are available here.

A time zone map is available here. 

Local voltage: 220-240 volts; Hz 50 cycles per second.
Power plugs used in France are the two-pin plugs.
Details on plugs and sockets are available here.
Currency & Exchange
Local currency: Euro (EUR) and Cents.
Current exchange rate (June 2013) -> 1 euro = 1,22 US Dollar
Banking hours:
Monday to Friday: 09.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs
Saturday/ 09.00 hrs to 13:00 hrs.
France is a large country extending over a wide field of latitude, therefore the climate differs according to region.
In southern France the climate is Mediterranean, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. During winter and spring the southern regions of the Cote d’Azur, Provence and the Rhone valley experience strong winds called ‘le Mistral’.
In the north, where the capital city Paris is situated, France has a temperate climate, which means warm summers, cold winters (around 3°C/37°F in Paris) and rainfall spread throughout the year. Along the west coast the weather is generally milder, and summer days can be very hot.


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