Offices to Serve You Abroad
Private medical insurance is recommended. Visitors from non-E.U. countries have to pay for all medical treatment; keep all receipts and medicine labels to claim on your travel insurance. If you wish to see an English-speaking doctor (médecin) ask at your consulate or hotel. DENTAL SERVICES
A dentist (dentiste) charges for treatment. Emergency help is available from dentists listed in the yellow pages (pages jaunes). Check that your private medical insurance covers dental treatment. SUN ADVICE
The yearly average for sunshine is high: 2,500 hours (3,000 hours along the coast). Summers, particularly July and August, can be dry and hot, especially in the south. When outside wear a hat and drink plenty of fluids. On the beach a high factor sunscreen is essential. DRUGS
Prescription medicines and medical advice can be obtained from a pharmacy (pharmacie), designated by a green cross sign. If you need medicines outside regular hours, information about the nearest 24-hour facility is posted on the door of all pharmacies. SAFE WATER
It is safe to drink tap water, but never drink from a fountain marked “eau non potable” (“not drinking water”). Many French people prefer the taste of bottled mineral water (eau minérale en bouteille), which is widely available. A less expensive alternative is eau de source, which is spring water.