Weights and measures, clothes and shoes size in France

You’ll find our conversion tables useful.

Weights and measures

The system of measurement used in France, as in the majority of European countries, is the metric system, and temperatures are expressed in degrees Centigrade. But if you come from the United Kingdom or the United States, some of these units of measurement may be a little less familiar, and if so, you’ll find our conversion tables useful.

It’s worth noting too, that in France decimals are indicated by a comma and not a point, as in English-speaking countries.

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Metric system

Conversion tables for the most common weights and measures

MetricUK /USA
1 gramme (g)0.0353 ounce
1 kilo(gramme) (kg)2.204 pounds
1 centimètre (cm)0.393 inch
1 mètre (m)3.281 feet / 1.093 yard
1 kilomètre (km)0.621 mile
1 centilitre (cl)0.021 US pint / 0.0176 UK pint
1 litre (l)0.264 US gallon / 0.220 UK gallon
1litre (l)2.1 US pints / 1.76 UK pint
UK / USAMetric
1 ounce (oz)28,349 gramme
1 pound (lb)0,453 kilo(gramme)
1 inch (in)2,540 centimètres
1 foot (ft)0,304 mètres
1 yard (yd) = 3 feet0,914 mètres
1 mile (mi) = 1760 yards1,609 kilomètres
1 US pint (pt)0,473 litres
1 UK pint (pt)0,568 litres
1 US gallon (gal)3,785 litres
1 UK gallon (gal)4,456 litres

Some examples:

A baguette of bread: 250 g = 8.825 oz

A half of beer: 25 cl = 0.52 US pt or 0.44 UK pt

Eiffel Tower: 324 m = 1063.04 ft

Champs-Elysées: 2 km = 1.24 mi

Temperatures

Conversion table for Centigrade / Farenheit

Degrés CentigradeFarenheit
-10°C14°F
-5°C23°F
0°C32°F
5°C41°F
10°C50°F
15°C59°F
20°C68°F
25°C77°F
30°C86°F
35°C95°F
40°C104°F
Degrès FarenheitCentigrade
10°F-12,2°C
20°F-6,7°C
30°F-1,1°C
40°F4,4°C
50°F10°C
60°F15,6°C
70°F21,1°C
80°F26,7°C
90°F32,2°C
100°F37,8°C
110°F43,3°C

Clothes and shoes size

To make it less confusing and enable you to ask for the correct size, here are the equivalents.

Clothes


FranceUSAGBItaly
34extra small (XS)632
36small (S)834
38medium (M)1036
40large (L)1238
42extra large (XL)1440
44extra extra large (XXL)1642

Shoes

M : men

L : ladies


FranceUSAGB
36L 63.5
37L 6.54
38L 7.55
39M 7/L 8.56
40M 7.5/L 96.5
41M 8.5/L 107.5
42M 9/L 10.58
43M 109
44M 10.59.5