France Postal Code is five numberic digit numeric long. The first two digits representing the département in which the city is located. The first two digit France Postal Code of 00 is used to represent Franch Military addresses. Generally Département numbers were alphabatical order which were assigned at the during the the French Revolution. However, later some changed for renaming and splitting of départements (example of spliting is: Ealier France postal code for both départements of Corsica starts with "20" assigned to Corsica. However, Corsica's French postal code was split into two départements such as 2A and 2B ). This meant the France Postal Code assignment today is not completly in alphabatical order. The current France Postal Code system is also implemented on overeseas France territories and departments.
The last three digits identify a more precise location. Generally 000 is general reserve for Préfecture. However, in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, the last two digits indicate the arrondissement. For example, 80000 corresponds to Amiens, which is the préfecture of the Somme or département 80, while 69008 corresponds to the 8th arrondissement of Lyon.
Example address and Postal Code Paris France is as follows:
8 rue Chambiges
In each département, the préfecture (main city) has a postal code ending with 000, for example Bourges in Cher:
15 avenue du Général Leclerc
France Postal Code is implements such as the city becomes more important, the French Postal Code becomes simpler. The sous-préfectures are generally recognized by using a XXX00 postcode. Here is for example the postal code of a small village, Lépaud in Creuse:
16 grande rue
And the postal code of Mortagne-au-Perche, sous-préfecture of the Département de l'Orne:
4 rue des Quinze Fusillés
Generally, many adjacent villages share the same France Postal Code is primarily associated with a bigger post office (example 64150 can correspond to Abidos, Bésingrand, Lagor, Lahourcade, Mourenx, Noguère, Os Marsillon, Pardies, Sauvelade and Vielleségure).
Here is the primary list of regions and their number of France Postal Codes localities:
|Pays de la Loire(5)||1 534|
|Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur(6)||1 017|
Overseas Départements and Territories use 3-digit codes starting with : 971 (Guadeloupe), 972 (Martinique), 973 (French Guiana), 974 (Réunion), 975 (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), 976 (Mayotte), 984 (French Southern Territories), 986 (Wallis and Futuna), 987 (French Polynesia), 988 (New Caledonia). In March 2008 La Poste proposed allotting 977 to Saint Barthélemy and 978 to Saint Martin due to their new status as overseas collectivities. In this case, the last zero is dropped so as to keep the 5-digit format. This is why the regular France Postal Codes do not end with 0 except for the préfecture or sous-préfecture. For example:
Maison du Port
4 boulevard du Général de Gaulle
97320 Saint-Laurent du Maroni
French postal code system is also used in Monaco with French département number 98. Since the desination country is Monaco instead of France this has to be indicated when sending mail outside the country as follows:
12 avenue de la Costa
23 Avenue Prince Héréditaire Albert
98025 Monaco CEDEX
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