The electrical current in France is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC); wall outlets take Continental-type plugs, with two round prongs. Consider making a small investment in a universal adapter, which has several types of plugs in one lightweight, compact unit.
Most laptops and mobile phone chargers are dual voltage (i.e., they operate equally well on 110 and 220 volts), so require only an adapter, as do small appliances like hair dryers. Always check labels and manufacturer instructions to be sure. You may need to buy a converter if you wish to use appliances that do not work with 220 volts. Don't use 110-volt outlets marked for shavers only for high-wattage appliances such as hair dryers.
Adaptelec. Adaptelec has information on electrical and telephone plugs around the world (search for "France" on the site for detailed info). www.adaptelec.com.
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