Embassy in France
France, Embassy in Moscow
Address: Bolshaya Yakimanka, 45, Moscow 117049
Reception of documents for obtaining short-term visas to France is carried out by the VFS Center. The center is located at:
109147 Marksistskaya street, 3, building 2. Tel: +7 (495) 784-71-47
191123 Shpalernaya street, 38 Tel: +7 (812) 703-45-71
France, Embassy website: http://www.ambafrance.ru
France, Russian Embassy in the country:
Boulevard Lannes, 40-50
tel.: 01-45-04-05-50, 01-45-04-40-30.
Contact in France
Pay phones in France can be found almost everywhere. They work on cards that are sold at any tobacconist, at the subway ticket office, at the post office. The cost of such a card is from 8 euros and more. If, for some reason, you do not have the opportunity to spend money on negotiations, then your interlocutor can call back to the pay phone (provided that the device has a bell icon) at the number indicated on it. Also these devices accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard/Eurocard). Some cafes and restaurants have coin operated machines. In any case, it is more profitable to call from such phones than from a hotel.
To call from Russia to France, you need to dial: 8 – 10 – 33 – the subscriber’s number (9 digits without 0, with which all telephone numbers begin here); from France to Russia – 00 – 7 – area code – subscriber number; To call within France, dial all 10 digits, including 0.
Emergency Phones in France
police – 17;
reference – 12;
ambulance – 15;
fire service – 18;
urgent doctor call – 01-47-07-77-77;
round-the-clock taxi call – 01-49-17-01-01.
HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS
January 1 – New Year
April – Easter
May 1 – Labor Day
May 8 – Liberation Day
May 23 – Spirits Day
May 30-31 – Trinity
July 14 – Bastille Day
August 15 – Assumption of the Virgin
November 1 – All Saints Day
11 November – Memorial Day, World War I Armistice Day
December 25 – Christmas
Residents of the country do not really like it when tourists turn to them in English.
In large cities, shops are open on weekdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 7 pm, grocery stores are open from 8 am and some on Sunday mornings, hypermarkets close only at 9 pm to 10 pm. Small towns have lunch breaks that usually last about two hours starting at 12 or 1 pm, and many are closed on Mondays. Shops are closed on public holidays.
According to ehuzhou, Paris is considered the capital of fashion, so there are many shops for every taste, from haberdashery with knick-knacks to chic boutiques. Large department stores are adapted for the influx of tourists, there are translators, and exchange points, and a delivery service for purchases to the hotel. Among them, one can single out the relatively cheap “Tati”, but the quality of the goods in it is not the best, so it is not very popular among Parisians. It is worth looking into the Galeries Lafayette, Bon Marche department stores or the chic shops on the Champs-Elysées. Sales are often organized in France, mainly in winter and summer. They offer items from the collections of past seasons, and sometimes even current ones. In stores selling directly from the manufacturer, you can also buy things much cheaper. Grocery supermarket “Monopri” known for its low prices. Outside the city there is a fairly well-known in Russia “Auchan”.
Typically, tips are around 10% of the bill. Even if you see the inscription “service compris” or “service inclus”, which means that the service is already included in the bill.
The French are very talkative, affable, generous and at the same time stiff and gallant. They are not too punctual and are of the opinion that the higher the social status of a person, the later he comes.
An ambulance is called by phone – 15, and an urgent call to a doctor – 01-47-07-77-77.
The capital of France is Paris, a city with a long history. There are many attractions worth seeing here. First of all, this is the Eiffel Tower. It is an integral part of Paris. Its design was conceived at the end of the 19th century by the engineer Gustave Eiffel as a symbol of technological progress. The steel structure, 324 meters high and weighing about 8,000 tons, rises on the left bank of the Seine River. In the evening and at night, the tower is illuminated. At its different levels there are three observation platforms from where you can see all of Paris. Can’t imagine Paris and without the Notre Dame Cathedral – Notre Dame, which is located on the Ile de la Cité in the city center. It was built between 1163 and 1245 in the Gothic style. From above the cathedral is decorated with two 70-meter towers. One of them contains the Emmanuel bell, which weighs about 13 tons. The towers are connected by the Chimera Gallery. The zero mark is also located here, from where distances are counted in France. A special chic is to walk along the Champs Elysees, the most beautiful avenue in Paris, almost 7 km long. Its construction began in the 17th century. At the very beginning of the avenue, on both sides of it, there is a park. From the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, there is an area of numerous shops and restaurants. Here is the Elysee Palace – the current residence of the President of France, the largest opera house in the world Grand Opera, Center Georges Pompidou, where works of art of the 20th century are collected. Another museum in Paris, known throughout the world – the Louvre, in the past was the residence of the French kings. More than 300 thousand works of masters of different eras are collected here. A large number of museums and galleries makes Paris the cultural capital of the country. It is worth visiting the Salvador Dali Museum, the Carnavale Museum of the History of Paris, the Hugo House Museum, the Les Invalides with the tomb of Emperor Napoleon, the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, the Rodin Museum, the Museum of Painting d’Orsay. The highest point in Paris is Montmartre. Get here you can take the funicular.This is a kind of cultural center of Paris. Artists and musicians gather here. The main attraction is the Sacré-Coeur Cathedral, next to which there is an observation deck and Hill Square. The famous cabaret Moulin Rouge is located in Montmartre. Every day two performances are given here, but they are mostly visited by tourists. One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe – Sarbonne can be seen by visiting the Latin Quarter.