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The City of Paris
Paris, France's famously cosmopolitan capital city, is one of the world's best-loved and romanticised cities, and one of the largest in Europe. Located in the north of the country on the river Seine, many observers consider Paris an ideal of modern, urban living - progressive, stylish, arty and bohemian. More densely populated than Manhattan, with two million occupying its compact city centre, Paris nonetheless yields plenty of places where one can relax and reflect - in its suburban parklands, quiet neighbourhoods and vast array of museums. Lovers of food, wine, art, music and fashion flock to experience the exquisite flavours of the city that justifiably holds the title of “The Capital of Style”. It is adored by the romantics who stroll along the quays of the Seine, explore the delightful boutiques and markets, pass the time in its elegant parks and leafy squares, absorb the abundance of culture or linger over a coffee or candlelit dinner.

Paris City Facts
Paris population: 9,854,000 habitants
City area: 1200 square kilometers
Currency: Euro (€, EUR)
Time zone: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October)
Language: French. English is understood in the city center, but not in more remote parts of the town.
Telephone codes: Paris city code is 1; to call France from abroad, dial +33. For calls to Parisian numbers from within Paris, dial 01. City/area codes are in use, e.g. 06 for Paris.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin or three-pin plugs are standard.
Climate: Average temperatures in May vary from 11.6oC (52.9oF) to 22.8oC (73oF).

Paris Airports
Paris is served by three major international airports, including long-haul and low-cost operators:

  • Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)
    Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), located 23 kilometres (14 miles) north-east of Paris, is the city's largest airport and was one of the first airports in Europe to have an integrated train system serving it. One of Europe's most famous airports, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle is used by a huge number of international and domestic airlines.
    The airport has three terminals connected by free shuttle buses and handle over 200,000 passengers and more than 6000 tons of baggage and freight daily. Terminal 1 handles international flights, excluding Air France. Terminal 2 handles Air France and other airlines flying to European destinations and Terminal T9 handles charter flights exclusively. Terminal 2 currently has five separate halls and is being further expanded to an eventual capacity for 50 million people by 2010. Most major car rental companies, including Avis, Budget, Citer-Eurodollar, Europcar, Hertz and Eurorent, have facilities at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Long-and short-term parking is available at all three terminals. Disabled passengers also use the same car parking lots but at a reduced rate.
  • Paris Orly Airport (ORY)
    Paris’ second airport mostly handles domestic and charter flights, serving around 30 airlines at its two terminals, South and West. Around 35 million passengers use Orly each year. Orly airport is best accessed by train on RER Lines B and C – parking at the airport is plentiful though the 15 kilometer road journey into Paris can take longer than expected. Facilities and services at Orly airport include a range of food and retail outlets, business services and a notable art collection, and a choice of car rental providers.
  • Beauvais Airport (BVA)
    Beauvais Airport offers flights to major Central European, Italian and Scandanavian cities with budget airlines including Ryanair and Wizzair. Also flies to Casablanca and Rabat.

Transportation from the Airport to the Congress Hotels

  • Metro
    Line 4 – “Mairie de Montrouge” Station
  • Bus
    Lines 68, 126, 128 – “Mairie de Montrouge” Stop
  • Tram
    Line 3 – “Porte d’Orléans” Stop
  • Car
    Périphérique porte d’Orléans / Porte de Châtillon
  • Plane
    Orly Airport situated within a 10 min. distance from the venue and nearby Congress hotels.
 
Currency / Credit Cards / Banking
All registration and booking fees are calculated in Euro (€). Participants from countries where currency restrictions prevent them from sending registration fees in advance are asked to inform the Congress Organising Bureau, in order to avoid being charged the late registration fee.
Banks are generally open from 9am to 5pm, from Monday to Friday or from Tuesday to Saturday. Some branches may close over lunchtime, usually between 12.30pm and 2pm. For cash withdrawals, automatic cashpoints (ATMs) operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Banks are closed on public holidays.
 
Electricity
A round-pin adaptor is necessary for electrical appliances. In France the electrical power is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles.
 
Weather
The weather in Paris in early May is generally mild, with a daily mean temperature of 17oC (62oF).

Passport & VISA Requirements
U.S. and Canadian citizens do not need visas to enter France for short visits of up to 90 days.
European Union members do not require visas to enter France, and may stay in France without limitation.
All other nationalities can find visa information on the French consulate page.