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France dose not have area codes, you dial a ten digit number directly. A typical French phone number is listed like this, 01 23 45 67 89. A few years ago when France went to ten digit numbers the country was cut into five regions. In each region all the phone numbers had two number added. For example in the Ile-de-France all phone numbers had a 01 added on as the first two digits. If a number starts with a 06 it is a cell phone and if it starts with a 08 it is a toll free number.

To make international calls from France you dial 00 then the country code and then the number. To call the United States you dial 00, then 1, US area code, followed by the number.

Just about all phone booths in France now use a phone card, called a TÚlÚcarte in French, and not change. Phone cards can be bought in the United States that are international and will work in France. Check the backside of the card to see if it will work outside the United States before you buy it. Otherwise French phone cards are easily bought at any local Tabac, a store that sells newspapers, magazines, maps and so on. When you buy a French phone card it will be full of units, 50 or 120. When you insert the card into the console on the phone, it will display the number of units left in the card. As you are on the phone you will see your units counting down.

All public telephones booths have a "How-To" that will explain how to make a phone call. If you don't want to buy a phone card and would still like to make a phone call, you can still find public phones that use change. Try restaurants, bars, cafes and alike, you should find a phone that uses change.

To call ATT from France to make a direct call or use a calling card dail - 08 00 99 00 11

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