Postal codes in France

The Postal Code is the French postal code. Since 1972, the code consists of five digits, which correspond to the first two of the atomic number of the department.


In France in 1965 zip codes were introduced on 1 January. This one has resorted to in some cases amended or supplemented department numbers, which have long been used in the management and in the organization of the postal delivery service. The French postal codes were double digits at this time and were formed by the digits 01-95. Already 26 October of the same year completed the Post and Telegraph Administration PTT postal code, in this case had before the place name, the number of the department and then the first three letters of the name are capitalized, for example:

The now common five-digit system was introduced on 3 June 1972.


France Métropolitaine ( Metropolitan France )

The first two digits of the code Postal stand in France métropolitaine for the number of the department.

An exception to this rule is Corsica. As provided for in the Code Postal no letters, here the two departments share the prefix 20, 1976 was also the number of the department prior to the division of the island into two departments, instead of using the department codes used today 2A and 2B. As part of the division, there was an extensive renumbering of postcodes so Corse- du- Sud are distinguishable with 201XX and Haute- Corse with 202XX heard of the number here - with the exception of Ajaccio (as Prefecture maintained by 20000) and special services ( army base Solenzara etc.).

The Postal code of the main towns of the departments ( prefectures ) usually ends in three zeros, for example, 06000 for Nice. In Corsica, which could only be established with one of the two prefectures: the former prefecture Ajaccio retained the 20000, although otherwise has received the entire department of Corse- du- Sud 201XX; Bastia must therefore step out of line and is 20200 with a prefecture without XX000 plz.

Another very rare exception, individual communities that are close to a border of the department and are supplied by a post office in the neighboring department. The first digits of the code Postal originate in this case, not his own, but the department of the post office. For example, is the code of the municipality Riboux Postal 13780, although it is not in the department of Bouches -du -Rhône ( 13), but in the Var ( 83).

In Paris, the last two digits identify the 20 arrondissements, for example, 75008 Paris = Paris VIIIe. Similar rules apply to the cities of Marseille and Lyon, which are also divided into municipal arrondissements.

The French army used zip codes that begin with two zeros.


Postal Code that, apart from the exceptions mentioned above, not ending in zero, refers to a specific code of CEDEX service ( Courrier d' Entreprise à Distribution Exceptionnelle ) for institutions with a particularly high volume of mail. The major recipient is assigned a unique, three -digit number that is appended to the code of the department.

Overseas Territories

In the overseas departments whose department codes have three digits denote the first three digits of the department.

  • 971XX Guadeloupe ( overseas department)
  • 972XX Martinique ( overseas department)
  • 973XX French Guiana ( overseas department)
  • 974XX Reunion ( overseas department)
  • 975XX Saint- Pierre and Miquelon ( territorial authority )
  • 976XX Mayotte ( overseas department)
  • 986XX Wallis and Futuna ( overseas territory )
  • 987XX French Polynesia ( overseas territory )
  • 988XX New Caledonia ( overseas territory with special status )

For the French Southern and Antarctic Territories and Clipperton Island no postal codes are used.


The system of the French Code Postal is also used in Monaco.

  • 98000 Monaco