Postal codes for France
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French postal service has its origins in the Middle Ages. Initially, distribution services were mainly made for the noble houses, especially in cities where war messages were communicated. This way human being had to travel very far away all by foot. In time, however, postal routes began to be made on horseback.
French postal code History
On 1st January 1965 in France there were introduced the postal codes for the first time. These zip codes originally consisted of two digits. At the time, this postal codes ranged from 01 to 95. In the same year, postal codes of the French telegraphic administration were fully completed. Since then, there is a two-digit number postal code, which will be added to the first three letters of the station, such as Marseille: 13 mar.
French postcode system
The current system was introduced on 3 June 1972 and consists of five digits. The first two digits of this number, containing five digits, are used in metropolitan France to delimit the number of the districts. In big cities, the ZIP code ends with three zeros, such as Nice for instance: 06000. An exception is the Department of Common Borders, where, often, the postal code is provided by the adjacent post offices. In big cities such as Paris, Marseille and Lyon, the last two numbers indicate the different neighborhoods such as Paris VIII: 75008 Paris.
ZIP codes of the French overseas territories
In the overseas territories such as Guadeloupe, St Martin, Martinique, French Guyana, Reunion, French Polynesia and New Caledonia the first three digits of the postal code represents the name of the department.
Principality of Monaco has a French "Zip": 98000 Monaco.
Important postal codes in France
Below you will find the main French postal codes. Paris zip codes are contained between 75001 and 75020, and also 75116. Lyon ZIP codes are between 69001 and 69009. In Nice, there are the following zip codes: 06000, 06100, 06200, 06300. ZIP codes in Bordeaux ranges between 33,000 and 33,300 plus 33800. Marseille has the ZIP codes begging with 13001 till 13016, and is in accordance with the Municipal Department. If the "Zip" you are looking for is not listed, you will definitely find it in our postal codes list.
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