79th EAGE Conference & Exhibition 2017
Paris is the capital of France and the country's largest city. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region (also known as the "Paris Region"). The city of Paris within its administrative limits (largely unchanged since 1860) has an estimated population of 2.15 million. Today, Paris is one of the world's leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities.
Paris is at its best during the temperate spring months (March to May).
The average high temperature at the end of April is 16 degrees celsius, and the average low is 7 celcius.
To call France from abroad dial +33, then the last nine digits of the requested number (without the first zero).
220V out of double, round pin wall sockets.
French is the official language.
Money and banking facilities
The official currency is the Euro. There are branches of all major banks across the city. The banking hours are 5 days a week from 09.00-16.30 hrs. Outside banking hours you will find cash machines on nearly every street corner.
Passport & visa
Citizens of EU countries, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Finland, Norway and Sweden do not need any sort of visa to enter France, and can stay for up to ninety days. All other passport holders must obtain a visa before arrival in France from French Consulates in their country.
Paris is in the Central-European time-zone, which means one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
In Paris and in France, all prices shown include tax and service (the latter is around 15% of the total price). However, if the service has been particularly good, you may wish to leave a tip in order to show your appreciation. As a general rule, the amount is 5 to 10% of the total bill.
Websites for more information
Paris info (The official website of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau)
French Tourist Office