Emergency Numbers in France



Some of the most important information expats need to know about France are telephone numbers to call during emergencies. Keeping these numbers handy can be helpful in the most unexpected of times.

Saving them on one's mobile phone or writing them on a sheet of paper to be kept in an easy-to-find spot in the home can make a whole lot of difference when these times come.   

When calling for police assistance, 17 is the number to dial, for medical emergencies, the S.A.M.U. can be accessed by calling 15. For fire emergencies, one can dial 18. These hotlines are interconnected with each other so if one calls the police hotline and would need medical assistance at the same time, help for both emergencies will arrive. Maison Médicale de Garde is a private emergency service which can be reached at 01 47 07 77 77. 

As standard operating procedure, the operator will obtain information from the caller such as name and telephone number, where the assistance is needed, the nature of the emergency and how many people need help. These numbers can be reached 24 hours a day and can be accessed through a payphone without the need to use cards or coins.   

All emergency numbers in France are written on the front of all telephone directories in the country. Normally, these hotlines are operated by French speakers, but expats can ask for an English-speaking operator and will be accommodated immediately.



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