Useful everyday information

Useful everyday information
  • Markets
    Every city and town usually has at least one street market, taking place a few times a week at the same location. There might be more than one location to for different types of markets, such as for flowers, vegetables and so on.
  • Electricity
    France uses the 220 V standard on 50 Hz, while Canada uses 110 V (for 60 Hz).
    Plugs and electricity outlets are different and you will need an adapter. You can buy one in hardware stores and large department stores. Most hotels can also lend you one. 
  • DVD and Videos
    Please note that the European and North American systems are not compatible. For commercial reasons, the DVD market was divided into several zones :
    Zone 1: USA  and Canada
    Zone 2: Europe, Middle East, Japan and South Africa
    Zone 3: South East Asia
    Zone 4: South America and Australia 
    Zone 5: Eastern Europe and Africa
    Zone 6: China
    In France you are in zone 2. If you buy and bring back a  DVD from Europe, chances are it will not read in Canada, unless your DVD player is unlocked or region-free. Check the zone before buying any DVD.
  • Weight and measurements

Metric system         


1 gram (g)

0.0353 ounce

1 kilo(gram) (kg)

2.204 pounds

1 centimeter (cm)

0.393 inches

1 meter (m)

3.281 feet

1 kilometer (km)

0.621 mile

1 liter (l)

0.264 US gallons

1 liter (l)

2.1 US pints

  • Sizes (Clothes)




extra small (XS)


small (S)


medium (M)


large (L)


extra large (XL)


extra extra large (XXL)

  • Sizes (Shoes)- H: men, F: women




F 6


F 6.5


F 7.5


H 7 | F 8.5


H 7.5 | F 9


H 8.5 | F 10


H 9 | F 10.5


H 10


H 10.5

  • Prices of some everyday items*
    1 loaf of baguette: 0.80€
    1 espresso coffee: 1 € at the counter, 2€ at a table
    1 beer at a cafe: 2€ to 4€
    1 three course meal (starter, main dish, dessert, no drink): around  15€ to 20€
    1 sandwich: about 5€
    1 pizza: between 8€ and 10€
    1 museum ticket: 7€ to 9€
    1 movie ticket: 9€
    *Prices in France always include taxes. (TVA)
  • Special accomodation tax (Taxe de séjour) : The taxe de séjour is a special tax for all overnight stays in French cities and towns. The amount of the tax varies from 0.20 euros to 1.50 euros per person and per night, depending on the comfort and style of accommodation. This does not include the additional department tax, when applicable. The tax is usually included in your bill, whether it's a hotel, vacation rental, or camping spot. Children under the age of 13, summer camps and vacation centers for group of children are exempt from this tax.
  • Public bathrooms
    Public bathrooms, known as "sanisettes", are present in most large cities in France. Special models exist for people with disabilities. Cafés, restaurants and hotels reserve the use of their restrooms to their customers and don’t like people just walking in to use them.
  • Animals and pets
    Your pet can travel with you to France. However, they are not welcome in grocery stores nor on public transportation, unless they are on a leash or transported in a carrier less than 45cm.
    Some hotels may accept pets, please check when booking.
    Guide dogs are authorized everywhere: restaurants, museums, monuments, public transportation and hotels, however some hotels may charge extra.
    Entry to parks and gardens may be restricted. A sign indicating precise rules is always posted at the entrance. Dog owners must pick up all waste produced by their dog, at the risk of fines of up to 450 euros.
  • Holidays
    January 1st: New Year’s day
    Easter and Easter Monday:  (April 20th and 21st in 2014) *Good Friday is not a Holiday in France. 
    May 1st: Labour Day
    May 8:  Victory Day
    Ascension: 40 days after Easter (May 29th in 2014)
    Pentecost: 7th Monday after Easter (June 8th in 2014)
    July 14th:  Bastille Day (National Holiday)
    August 15th: Assomption
    November 1st: All Saint’s Day
    November 11th: Armistice Day
    December 25th: Christmas