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http://www.meteofrance.com/accueil

This is a very useful Web site, where you can check on the weather forecast for the coming week.

Write the name or postal code of a city / region (ville, code postal) to see local weather for the major French city of your choice.

 

 

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PYHÄPÄIVÄT RANSKASSA

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN FRANCE 2016

01.01. "Jour de l'An" (New Year's Day)
28.03. "Lundi de Pâques" (Easter Monday). Only Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are holidays, Good Friday is a normal work day.
01.05. "Fête du Travail" (May First)

05.05. "Ascension" (Ascension Day)

08.05. "Victoire de 1945" (Victory Day commemorating the end of World War II)

16.05. "Lundi de Pentecôte" (Pentecosi)
14.07. "Fête Nationale" (French National Day)
15.08. "Assomption" (Feast of the Assumption)
01.11. "Toussaint" (All Saints' Day)
11.11. "Armistice de 1918" (Armistice Day commemorating the end of World War I)
25.12. "Noël" (Christmas Day). December 24 and December 26 are not national holidays in France.

 

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LAKOT

France is the only European country where workers enjoy the right to go on strike as often as they like, and it has become almost a national pastime. Information on ongoing and upcoming strikes is available at www.cestlagreve.fr, with useful links especially for checking out strikes that effect train and airport traffic. The traffic in entire cities becomes complete chaos when public transport worker's unions go on strike disabling the metro, buses and tramways. Spontaneous "mini strikes" are common; for example, only one out of the 14 metro lines in Paris may be on strike since each metro line operates independently.

LAVENTELI provides information on important strikes and public protests under the Good to Know-heading.

 

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HOTELLEISTA

HOTEL CLASSIFICATIONS

The updated French hotel rating system was taken into use in January 2011. Hotels are now rated from 1 to 5 stars.

1-star: corresponds to an inexpensive hotel. The minimum surface area for a double room must be 9 m², excluding bathroom facilities, which may be private or shared. The reception area should be min. of 20 m2 and open at least 8 hours per day.

2-star: The level of comfort and equipment offered is higher than in 1 star hotel. The reception should be open at least 10 hours per day and the hotel must have staff who speaks at least one official European language in addition to French. The minimum surface area for a double room must be 9 m² (excluding bathroom facilities) and the minimum surface area for the lobby must be at least 30m2.

3-star: Corresponds to mid-range hotels, which must have staff who speak at least one official European language in addition to French. Reception must be open at least ten hours per day. The minimum surface area for a double room must be 13.5 m² including bathroom. The surface area of the public spaces, like the lobby, must be at least 50 m². Furthermore, the hotel must be ready to receive international guests and the services offered to the client are important (internet access in the lobby, beverage service…).

4-star: High quality hotel, offering hospitality and attention to their clients. The reception must be open 24 hours if there are more than 30 rooms in the hotel and 12 hours if less. The rooms are spacious, being a minimum of 16 m² including bathroom. The surface area of the public spaces must be at least 70 m2. Air conditioning is a mandatory.

5-star: Superior quality hotel. The rooms are spacious, being a minimum of 24 m². A 5-star hotel must provide staff who can speak two foreign languages (one of which is English) in addition to French, room service, accompaniment to the room, and the possibility to dine at the hotel. The reception must be open 24 hours if there are more than 30 rooms in the hotel and 12 hours if there are less than 30 rooms. Other advantages offered by 5-star hotels include a valet parking service, a concierge, and special facilities in the rooms such as a safe and internet access. Air-conditioning is mandatory.

 

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MESSUISTA

www.salons-online.com or www.biztradeshows.com/france

In France, the dates of exhibitions and trade fairs may be changed at the last moment. All of the most important French trade fairs are on www.salons-online.com . The Web pages are in French, but try the following to find the trade fair you want:

Click "Recherche d'un Salon par sécteur": use this search function to find all trade fairs classified by business sector (e.g. fashion).
Click "Recherche d'un salon par ville" + click the first letter of the city you are interested in: you will then see all the fairs held in that particular city.

Look beneath the heading "Autres Modes de Recherche d'un Salon" and click on: " Recherche salon par date". This feature allows you to find all the upcoming trade fairs in the next 12 months listed by month.
An English-language Web site with information on French trade fairs is:www.biztradeshows.com/france (on the left, trade fairs classified by date, city, or business sector). Unfortunately, this Web site is not updated as well as the French site www.salons-online.com.

Paris is one of the world's most important cities to participate in trade fairs and exhibitions. The biggest trade fairs may have a staggering 1.5 million visitors. The most important Parisian trade fairs are:

PRÊT-A-PORTER ("PAP") (fashion):biannual, beginning of February and September
AGRICULTURE ("SIA") (agriculture): beginning of March
MONDIAL DU TOURISME (tourism): Mid-March
FOIRE DE PARIS (general fair): April-May
EUROSATORY (safety/defense): June, every other year
AERONAUTIQUE (aeronautics industry): June
MONDIAL DE L'AUTOMOBILE (automobile industry): early October, every other year
SIAL (food): end of October
BATIMAT (building and construction): early November

 

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PARIISIN KULTTUURITAPAHTUMISTA

Information on museum exhibitions, concerts, sports events, fairs, etc. is conveniently available on the Web site www.parisinfo.com

Click on the bottom of the page to choose the English version of the site, and then click on "what's on". On the left of the page you will find a classification of events and on the bottom of the page search criteria, where you may type, for instance, the date of your arrival in Paris. If you leave the spaces for "type" and "district" empty, you will be shown a full listing of all events. Events are listed up to three months in advance. Click on "ok" to see a list of all events, click on each particular event you are interested in for further details.

 

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RAVINTOLOISTA / ATERIOISTA

RESTAURANT OPENING HOURS
In general, lunch and dinner times are strictly adhered to in France. Lunch is served between noon and 2:30 pm and dinner at around 8 pm to 10:30 pm. Some restaurants may be willing to be a bit more flexible, but most restaurants will refuse to provide service outside the strict meal time. Some so-called "tourist restaurants" have non-stop service ("service continu") and a few well-known restaurants are even open 24 hours a day. Very many French restaurants are closed on Sunday evenings and Mondays.

CARTE / MENU / FORMULE
The restaurant "Carte" means the menu. The "Menu" is a narrower selection, usually consisting of a three-course set price meal, e.g. a lunch menu from which a starter, main course and dessert may be chosen. A "Formule" is an even narrower menu, with a set price meal where either two dishes (starter and main course or main course and dessert) or a three course meal may be chosen. It is worth checking whether drinks (water, wine) are included in the price of a set menu/formule. When it comes to group reservations (starting from 10 to 12 people), restaurants almost always insist on a set menu for the whole group = the same starter, main course, dessert and drinks ("formule boisson") for everyone. Restaurants usually refuse to mix dishes from different menus, e.g. the request "We would like the starter and dessert from this set menu, but could we have the main course from the other set menu?" will not be greeted with smiles and acceptance. The chef of a French restaurant is the Emperor of his establishment and the menus are carefully planned out by him, woe be the mere mortal who dares to even suggest mixing different menu dishes!

DRESS CODE
More informal dinner and lunch restaurants in France like to see their customers in Smart Casual attire. In practice, this means that a pair of good-looking trousers or good jeans is combined with a jacket or smart pullover. For ladies, a skirt or trousers with a blouse or jacket is also a good combination, or alternatively a fashionable dress. A little black dress is all right, as long as it isn't too dressy for the occasion. Shoes should be stylish and well-polished. For dinner, especially in a better restaurant, it is worth dressing up. Men should have a suit or trousers and jacket with a shirt and tie, stylish shoes. Women should have a smart suit, a skirt and jacket, a little black dress or a dress with a lower hemline. Absolutely forbidden is "holiday wear", i.e. casual jeans, T-shirts, trainers, flip-flops, shorts, etc. For example, this dress code is a requirement on the Bateaux Parisiens dinner cruises.

 

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ALLERGIOISTA

In France, food allergies are still rather uncommon. Some restaurants are incapable of serving a meal for a diner with special requirements, so if a traveller were really to go into anaphylactic shock by the mere presence of a certain ingredient in his meal, it will make dining out difficult. Of the most common food allergies, fish and seafood allergies and nut allergies are slightly recognised in France, but even then the restaurant will take no responsibility for a customer's allergic reaction. If the restaurant agrees to prepare a special meal for the allergy sufferer, they will often charge extra for it.

If you only avoid meat, that is not a problem, there is almost always fish on the menu. True vegetarians may encounter problems in finding a decent meal, since the French will see a dish based on vegetables or mushrooms as vegetarian - even if beef stock or bacon cubes were used to prepare it.

Here the three most common allergies explained in French:

GLUTEN SENSITIVITY (French: COELIAQUE)
Cœliaque est une maladie chronique caractérisée par une intolérance au gluten contenu dans différentes sortes de céréales (blé, seigle, orge, épeautre, avoine). Il est impossible pour les malades de manger des aliments qui contiennent de la farine (pâtes, pain, biscuits...).

LACTOSE INTOLERANCE (French: INTOLERANCE AU LACTOSE)
L’intolérance au lactose est l’incapacité à digérer le lactose (sucre de lait) à cause de l’absence ou de la quantité insuffisante d’enzymes digestives. Les personnes souffrant d’intolérance doivent éviter de consommer des produits Laitiers.

COW'S MILK PROTEIN INTOLERANCE (French: ALLERGIE AUX PROTEINES DU LAIT)
L'allergie aux protéines du lait provoque des symptômes qui peuvent impliquer le système digestif, les voies respiratoires, la peau , et possiblement causer des coliques, des otites, des migraines et des problèmes de comportement. Les adultes allergiques doivent généralement s’abstenir complètement de consommer des produits laitiers.

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LOMAT / SESONGIT

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN FRANCE 2016

01.01. "Jour de l'An" (New Year's Day)
28.03. "Lundi de Pâques" (Easter Monday). Only Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are holidays, Good Friday is a normal work day.
01.05. "Fête du Travail" (May First)

05.05. "Ascension" (Ascension Day)

08.05. "Victoire de 1945" (Victory Day commemorating the end of World War II)

16.05. "Lundi de Pentecôte" (Pentecosi)
14.07. "Fête Nationale" (French National Day)
15.08. "Assomption" (Feast of the Assumption)
01.11. "Toussaint" (All Saints' Day)
11.11. "Armistice de 1918" (Armistice Day commemorating the end of World War I)
25.12. "Noël" (Christmas Day). December 24 and December 26 are not national holidays in France.

 

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TÄRKEITÄ OSOITTEITA JA PUHELINNUMEROITA

POLICE : 17
FIRE DEPARTMENT : 18
AMBULANCE : Phone: 15

SOS DOCTOR
87, boulevard de Port Royal
75013 Paris
Phone: +33 (0)1 47 07 77 77

SOS DENTIST
87, boulevard de Port Royal
75013 Paris
Phone: +33 (0)1 43 36 36 00

PHARMACIES THAT ARE OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY

84, avenue des Champs-Elysées
75008 Paris
Phone: +33 (0)1 45 79 53 19 or +33 (0)1 45 62 02 41

6, place Clichy
75009 Paris
Phone: +33 (0)1 48 74 65 18

6, place Félix Eboué
75012 Paris
Phone: +33 (0)1 43 43 19 03

LOST AND FOUND
Préfecture de Police - Service des Objets Trouvés
36, rue des Morillons
75015 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)8 21 00 25 25
Métro : Convention

PARIS CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
25, rue des Pyramides
75001 Paris
RER : Auber (line A)
Metro : Pyramides (lines 7, 14)
Open:
From 01 November to 31 May (closed on 1 May)
From Monday to Saturday: 10am-7pm
Sundays and holidays: 11am-7pm
From 01 June to 31 October
Everyday: from 9am to 7pm

 

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LENTOKENTTÄKULJETUKSET

For groups, we recommend to always book a guide for trips between the centre of Paris and the airports. The same applies to Nice. This is because in Paris the bus driver is not allowed to leave his bus at any time to pick up his group; instead he must wait at the parking area meant for buses. Therefore, a guide is essential to help the group find their transportation! In Roissy CDG the bus parking is situated between terminal buildings 2A&C and 2B&D at level 0 (one floor level below the arrivals hall) behind the taxi parking area. Laventeli is not responsible if the group is unable to find their bus or the bus company needs to charge extra for additional waiting time at the parking area.

The floor plans for Roissy CDG and Orly airports are available at the following English language Web site under the heading "plans des terminaux":

http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/ADP/en-GB/Passagers/Access-maps-car-parks/Paris-CDG/maps/

 

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