Communications & Transportation in France

Telephones - main lines in use
35.3 million (2011)
rank:
7
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Telephones - mobile cellular
65.631 million (2011)
rank:
19
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Telephone system
general assessment:
highly developed
domestic:
extensive cable and microwave radio relay; extensive use of fiber-optic cable; domestic satellite system
international:
country code - 33; numerous submarine cables provide links throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and US; satellite earth stations - more than 3 (2 Intelsat (with total of 5 antennas - 2 for Indian Ocean and 3 for Atlantic Ocean), NA Eutelsat, 1 Inmarsat - Atlantic Ocean region); HF radiotelephone communications with more than 20 countries
overseas departments:
country codes: French Guiana - 594; Guadeloupe - 590; Martinique - 596; Mayotte - 262; Reunion - 262
Broadcast media
a mix of both publicly-operated and privately-owned TV stations; state-owned France Televisions operates 4 networks, one of which is a network of regional stations, and has part-interest in several thematic cable/satellite channels and international channels; a large number of privately-owned regional and local TV stations; multi-channel satellite and cable services provide a large number of channels; public broadcaster Radio France operates 7 national networks, a series of regional networks, and operates services for overseas territories and foreign audiences; Radio France Internationale (RFI), under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is a leading international broadcaster; a large number of commercial FM stations, with many of them consolidating into commercial networks (2008)
Internet country code
metropolitan France - .fr; French Guiana - .gf; Guadeloupe - .gp; Martinique - .mq; Mayotte - .yt; Reunion - .re
Internet hosts
16,872,880; 16.840 million (metropolitan France) (2010)
rank:
8
Internet users
45.262 million; 44.625 million (metropolitan France) (2009)
rank:
8
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Airports
473 (2012)
rank:
17
Airports - with paved runways
total:
297
over 3,047 m:
14
2,438 to 3,047 m:
26
1,524 to 2,437 m:
98
914 to 1,523 m:
83
under 914 m:
76 (2012)
Airports - with unpaved runways
total:
176
914 to 1,523 m:
67
under 914 m:
109 (2012)
Heliports
1 (2012)
Pipelines
gas 15,276 km; oil 2,939 km; refined products 5,084 km (2010)
Railways
total:
29,640 km
rank:
9
standard gauge:
29,473 km 1.435-m gauge (15,361 km electrified)
narrow gauge:
167 km 1.000-m gauge (63 km electrified) (2008)
Roadways
total:
951,200 km (metropolitan France; includes 11,100 km of expressways)
rank:
8
there are another 5,100 km of roadways in overseas departments (2007)
Waterways
metropolitan France:
8,501 km (1,621 km accessible to craft of 3,000 metric tons) (2010)
rank:
16
Merchant marine
total:
162
rank:
36
by type:
bulk carrier 3, cargo 7, chemical tanker 34, container 27, liquefied gas 12, passenger 10, passenger/cargo 41, petroleum tanker 16, refrigerated cargo 1, roll on/roll off 11
foreign-owned:
50 (Belgium 7, Bermuda 5, Denmark 11, French Polynesia 11, Germany 1, New Caledonia 3, Singapore 3, Sweden 4, Switzerland 5)
registered in other countries:
151 (Bahamas 15, Belgium 7, Bermuda 1, Canada 1, Cyprus 16, Egypt 1, Hong Kong 4, Indonesia 1, Ireland 2, Italy 2, Luxembourg 15, Malta 8, Marshall Islands 7, Mexico 1, Morocco 3, Netherlands 2, Norway 5, Panama 7, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2, Singapore 3, South Korea 2, Taiwan 2, UK 39, US 4, unknown 1) (2010)
Ports and terminals
Calais, Dunkerque, Le Havre, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, Rouen
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