French Post

La Poste

The French Post is separated from the phone services (France Télécom) with which it constituted the PTT since 1889, it offers now to its customers close to 17 000 offices and employed approximately 317 000 employees. The postal service is reliable and quite fast (without the strike…).

The normal tariff of stamping is 0.50 € (0.30 £), this price is for parcels under 20 g. Over 20 g, the letters must have, in that case, the mention “LETTRE”. A lot of products as “Chronopost”, “Colissimo”, guarantee times of routing. Some French Post office offers too facilities avoiding to make the queue: slot machines of stamps, notes and Internet.

Post Code

In the French Post, each locality has a 5 numbers postcode, in application since 1972. This number should be on the envelope before the name of the locality, on the same line. The two first numbers are the department number, the three others the distributor office. For Paris, Marseille and Lyon, the arrondissement is on the two last figures of the number.


The France administrative division






Alsace Languedoc-Roussillon
67 Bas-Rhin 11 Aude
68 Haut-Rhin 30 Gard
34 Hérault
Aquitaine 48 Lozère
66 Pyrénées-Orientales
24 Dordogne
33 Gironde Limousin
40 Landes
47 Lot-et-Garonne 19 Corrèze
64 Pyrénées-Atlantiques 23 Creuse
87 Haute-Vienne
Auvergne
Lorraine
03 Allier
15 Cantal 54 Meurthe-et-Moselle
43 Haute-Loire 55 Bar-le-Duc
63 Puy De Dôme 57 Moselle
88 Vosges
Basse-Normandie
Midi-Pyrénées
14 Calvados
50 Manche 09 Ariège
61 Orne 12 Averon
31 Haute-Garonne
Bourgogne 32 Gers
46 Lot
21 Côte-D’or 65 Hautes-Pyrénées
58 Nièvre 81 Tarn
71 Saône-et-Loire 82 Tarn-et-Garonne
89 Yonne
Nord pas de Calais
Bretagne
59 Nord
22 Côte-d’Armor 32 Pas-de-Calais
29 Finistère
35 Ille-et-Vilaine Pays de la Loire
56 Morbihan
44 Loire Atlantique
Centre 49 Maine et Loire
53 Mayenne
18 Cher 72 Sarthe
28 Eure-et-Loir 85 Vendée
36 Indre
37 Indre-et-Loire Picardie
41 Loir-et-cher
45 Loiret 02 Aisne
60 Oise
Champagne-Ardenne 80 Somme
08 Ardennes Poitou-Charentes
10 Aube
51 Marne 16 Charente
52 Haute-Marne 17 Charente Maritime
79 Deux Sèvres
Corse 86 Vienne
2A Corse-du-Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
2B Corse du Nord
04 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Franche-Comté 05 Haute-Alpes
06 Alpes-Maritime
25 Doubs 13 Bouches-du-Rhône
39 Jura 83 Var
70 Haute-Saône 84 Vaucluse
90 Territoire de Belfort
Rhône-Alpes
Haute Normandie
01 Ain
27 Eure 07 Ardèche
76 Seine-Maritime 26 Drome
38 Isère
Ile-de-France 42 Loire
69 Rhône
75 Paris 73 Savoie
77 Seine-et-Marne 74 Haute-Savoie
78 Yvelines
91 Essonne
92 Hauts-de-Seine
93 Seine St Denis
94 Val-de-Marne
95 Val-d’Oise


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