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Telephones - main lines in use
Definition - World rank and map
34.63 million; 33.897 million (metropolitan France) (2006)
Telephones - main lines in use per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
540.6 (2006)
Telephones - mobile cellular
Definition - World rank and map
53.023 million; 51.662 million (metropolitan France) (2006)
Telephones - mobile cellular subscribers per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
827.7 (2006)
Telephone system
Definition
general assessment: highly developed
domestic: extensive cable and microwave radio relay; extensive introduction 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; Reunion - 262
Radio broadcast stations
Definition
AM 41, FM about 3,500 (this figure is an approximation and includes many repeaters), shortwave 2 (1998)
Television broadcast stations
Definition
584 (plus 9,676 repeaters) (1995)
Internet country code
Definition
metropolitan France - .fr; French Guiana - .gf; Guadeloupe - .gp; Martinique - .mq; Reunion - .re
Internet hosts
Definition - World rank and map
12.556 million; 12,555,000 (metropolitan France) (2007)
Internet hosts per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
196 (2007)
Internet users
Definition - World rank and map
31.295 million; 30.838 million (metropolitan France) (2007)
Internet users per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
488.5 (2007)
Airports
Definition - World rank and map
476 (2007)
Airports - with paved runways
Definition
total: 292
over 3,047 m: 14
2,438 to 3,047 m: 27
1,524 to 2,437 m: 97
914 to 1,523 m: 80
under 914 m: 74 (2007)
Airports - with unpaved runways
Definition
total: 184
1,524 to 2,437 m: 4
914 to 1,523 m: 72
under 914 m: 108 (2007)
Heliports
Definition
3 (2007)
Pipelines
Definition
gas 14,665 km; oil 3,032 km; refined products 4,947 km (2007)
Railways
Definition - World rank and map
total: 29,370 km
standard gauge: 29,203 km 1.435-m gauge (14,778 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 167 km 1.000-m gauge (2006)
Roadways
Definition - World rank and map
total: 950,985 km
paved: 950,985 km (metropolitan France; includes 10,490 km of expressways)
note: there are another 5,083 km of roadways in overseas departments (2005)
Waterways
Definition
metropolitan France: 8,500 km (1,686 km accessible to craft of 3,000 metric tons)
French Guiana: 3,760 km (460 km navigable by small oceangoing vessels and coastal and river steamers, 3,300 km by native craft) (2006)
Merchant marine
Definition - World rank and map
total: 138 ships (1000 GRT or over) 5,738,051 GRT/7,497,671 DWT
by type: bulk carrier 2, cargo 1, chemical tanker 32, container 25, liquefied gas 13, passenger 3, passenger/cargo 33, petroleum tanker 22, roll on/roll off 7
foreign-owned: 35 (Belgium 6, China 5, Denmark 2, Germany 1, Italy 2, Japan 1, Norway 3, NZ 1, Saudi Arabia 1, Singapore 2, Sweden 9, Switzerland 2)
registered in other countries: 128 (Antigua and Barbuda 1, Australia 1, Bahamas 30, Belgium 2, Bermuda 1, Indonesia 1, Isle of Man 1, Italy 2, Liberia 4, Luxembourg 17, Malta 5, Morocco 14, Netherlands 1, Norway 3, Panama 10, Singapore 1, St Vincent and the Grenadines 6, Taiwan 1, UK 21, Wallis and Futuna 6) (2008)
Ports and terminals
Definition
Bordeaux, Calais, Dunkerque, Le Havre, Marseille, Nantes, Paris, Rouen, Strasbourg


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