230 V
50 Hz

If you’re travelling to France, you don’t want to be without power. So, make sure you have the correct power plug adapter and, depending on your country of origin, a necessary voltage convertor. We provide up-to-date information on all the types of electrical outlets used in France as well as their standard voltage and frequency. 

Power plug types in France

France uses two plug and socket types – C and E.

Type C

Plug Type C

Type E

Plug Type E

Other countries that share these types of plugs are Belgium, Poland, and Czech Republic. Some of the main areas for travellers in France include Paris, Nice and Bordeaux.

Voltage and frequency of electricity in France

France has a standard electricity voltage of 230 volts and a frequency of 50 hertz. You need to be careful when it comes to different electrical voltages and frequencies. If you’re coming from a country that has a lower standard voltage such at 120 Volts you will likely need a voltage converter. If the frequency of your device is not 50 hertz like in France, it’s recommended not to use it without a voltage converter which also changes the frequency (hertz). Most devices these days will show a range of volts and hertz which means they can more easily be used in different countries without the risk of damage. 

Do I need a power plug adapter for France? 

Select the country you’re traveling from to find out what plug adapter you need for France:

Check plug type

If you’re not just traveling to France and want a travel adapter that works in any country in the world you can save yourself the hassle of buying many adapters and get a universal travel adapter. 

Power plug and electricity information has been collected from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the relevant electrical standards from individual countries. Anything we missed on power plugs in France? Please leave us a reply.