For visitors from the E.E.C., by telephone from France: 01 43 29 33
Foreigners who wish to visit France must undergo certain administrative
formalities. The conditions for entry and length of stay vary depending
on the country of origin of the individuals who wish to visit France.
Citizens of the European Union, from the USA, Canada, New Zealand
and Norway do not need a visa, and can stay for ninety days. Citizens
of all other countries must apply for a visa in the French Consulate
of their country of residence.
Citizens of the European Union are entitled to stay in France but
must apply for "la carte de séjour de ressortissant de
l'UE" (a residence permit) if they wish to stay for longer than
three months. This is obtained from the police station, the town hall
or the "préfecture"; it is valid for 5 years.
Non-European Union citizens:
The citizens of countries with which France has not signed an agreement
must possess certain documents on entering French territory.
Visas are issued by the French diplomatic authorities or consulates
in the country of origin of the applicant. They have the power to
refuse to issue this visa. Foreigners who have legally entered one
of the States which have signed the Schengen agreements can freely
enter the other signatory States. There are two kinds of visa, the
short stay visa which is valid for 3 months and the long stay visa
when the applicant wants to stay for longer than 3 months and if they
wish to obtain a residence permit.
For further information: http://www.france.diplomatie.fr/index.html