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In France, codes seem to be particularly popular. Shipping to France with Hermes Whether postcodes or front door codes – without the right number, there is little when shipping to neighboring France. In order for the package to be received successfully, you should have a few numbers to hand when addressing the shipment:

House number: In French addresses, the house number and street name are written in the reverse order than is usual in Germany. For example, “2 Rue Vivienne” not “Rue Vivienne 2”.

Apartment number: If possible, you should also note the number of the recipient’s apartment or floor if he lives in an apartment building.

Front door code: On many front doors in France, there are no bell plates with names, but keypads with numbers. To get into the building, the courier has to enter a door code. If this door code is not available and the courier is unable to deliver the shipment to the front door on the first delivery attempt, he will deliver it to the nearest partner branch. In France, delivery to a neighbor is usually only made if the recipient has received the relevant information.

Telephone number: If the recipient’s telephone number is given when the parcel label is created, this makes delivery by our shipping partner easier. The recipient can then receive delivery notifications by mobile phone, among other things.

Special case Cédex: The indication of Cédex includes a special delivery service that is not provided by Hermes, therefore no Cédex addresses should be given as the delivery address.

Post code: The French post code, the so-called Code Postal, has five digits and is made up as follows:


In France there is the “Code Postal” (postal code system) used by the French Post Office to deliver letters and parcels. Every city, commune and village in France has a unique postcode consisting of five digits. The first two digits of the zip code identify the region in which the address is located, while the last three digits identify the municipality or location within the region.

To write a postal address in France, the postal code is usually given before the city. For example, an address in Paris would look like this:

M Jean Dupont
12, rue de la Paix
75008 Paris

In this example, “75008” is the zip code of Paris. Postcodes in France can usually be found on mailboxes, house numbers and in address books. They are also used by most online mapping applications and GPS navigation systems.

And how many zip codes are there in France?

There are a total of over 36,000 postcodes in France. This number includes postal codes for cities and towns as well as postal codes for rural areas and small villages. Postcodes in France are updated regularly to ensure the postcode system is up to date and effective.

France has a total of 101 regions divided into 22 metropolitan areas. Each region has its own zip code, which consists of two digits. For example, the Île-de-France region, which includes Paris and the surrounding area, has the postcode 75-77, while the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region has the postcode 83-84. The zip codes for each region can be looked up online or in zip code directories.

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