Global Call Forwarding offers five types of French virtual numbers. These are Toll Free (mobile accessible), Universal Toll Free (UIFN), Mobile (SMS Optional), National (9), and Geographic. Enterprises in over 150 countries around the world can establish a virtual office in France by subscribing to these French virtual numbers. Having French virtual numbers allows foreign companies to participate in commerce in France without having to establish remote offices there.
The Republic of France has 18 administrative regions: 12 regions in metropolitan France, Corsica, and five overseas regions. There are 101 departments in the 18 regions, 335 arrondissements in the 101 departments, 2,054 cantons in the 335 arrondissements, and 36,658 communes in the 2,054 cantons. The communes have elected municipal councils. French virtual numbers are available in all of the 12 metropolitan regions, and there are Geographic French virtual numbers in many of the larger communes in France.
The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region is in southeastern France, and it borders Italy and Switzerland to the east. The population in 2012 was 7.7 million, and the most populous city is Lyon (501,000 persons). The Rhône River enters this region from Switzerland and it flows into Lyon. Then it runs south towards the Mediterranean Sea. The region has ski resorts and the wine regions of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Lyon’s cuisine is world famous.
Bretagne is on the northwestern coast of France with the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south. The population is 3.3 million (as of 2012), and the largest cities are Rennes (211,000) and Brest (142,000). Bretagne is a peninsula with water on three sides. It has many sandy beaches, yachting harbors, and a thriving yachting industry. French virtual numbers are popular with global tourism and yachting companies.
This region is in eastern France, and it borders Switzerland to the east. The 2015 population of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté was 2.8 million, and its largest cities are Dijon (151,000) and Besançon (117,000). The Bourgogne area is famous for its Burgundy vineyards, the Champagne area, and the city of Dijon. Besançon is in the Franche-Comté area, which is a mountain region. The area produces cheeses, wines, and sausages. French virtual numbers in the region attract many international oenophiles and gourmets.
Centre-Val de Loire
The main geographic feature of the Centre-Val de Loire Region is the Loire River Valley. Its population is 2.5 million (2008). Agro food products dominate the economy of this region. Chartres, noted for its cathedral, is one of its larger cities. The Loire River is popular for freshwater fishing. There are many small towns and chateaux along the river, and the area is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Grand Est is in northeastern France. It borders on Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Switzerland. The population of the region is 5.6 million (2014), and its two largest cities are Strasbourg (276,000 people) and Reims (183,000 people). Strasbourg is in Alsace, which is famous for wine, beer, regional foods, and the oldest and largest Christmas market in Europe. The Champagne and Lorraine areas are also in Grand Est.
Hauts de France
Hauts de France is the northernmost region of France. It borders the English Channel to the north and Belgium to the east. Its population is 6 million (2012), and its largest cities are Lille (230,000 people) and Amiens (133,000 people).
Ile de France (Parisian Region)
This region has a population of 12 million residents (2014), which represents 18.2% of the people in France. The region is located in the north-central part of the country. It is the premier economic center of France with a high-value-added service economy. Tourism is also a major component of the economy. French virtual numbers are very desirable in Ile de France, especially in Paris.
The Nouvelle Aquitaine Region is in southeastern France with a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. The population was 5.9 million in 2014, and its largest urban center is Bordeaux (1.1 million inhabitants). Cruise ships dock in the harbors of several cities in the region. The basis of the economy includes Bordeaux wines, brandies (Cognac and Armagnac), agricultural products, animal breeding, forest resources, industry, and tourism.
Normandie is the site of the “D-Day” landings of June 1944. It is on the north coast of the country bordered by the English Channel. The population is 3.3 million (2013). Notable cities in Normandie include:
- Rouen – Joan of Arc died at the stake in Rouen
- Caen – Caen is famous for Ies tripes à la mode de Cae
- Giverny – Monet lived and painted in Giverny
- Cherbourg – Cherbourg is a large port on the English Channel
- Camembert – Camembert is famous for Camembert cheese
- Le Havre – Le Havre is the largest city in the region, and it has the second busiest port in France after Marseilles
Occitanie is in the South of France. Spain, Andorra, and the Mediterranean Sea form its southern border. In 2015, the population was 5.8 million persons, and the largest community is Toulouse (466,000 residents). The northwestern portion of Occitanie is the Midi-Pyrenees area. Except for Toulouse, this area is a rural, agricultural region. The Pyrenees Mountains are to the south. The Languedoc area borders the Mediterranean Sea with long sandy beaches and resorts. The old Roman city of Nimes is in the area as well as Le Pont du Gard, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Pays de la Loire
This region is in western France, bordering the Bay of Biscay. Its population is 3.6 million, and its largest city is Nantes (300,000 inhabitants). The lower portion of the Loire River runs through the region on its way to the ocean. Tourism and the river port of Nantes are the major economic drivers in Pays de la Loire.
This region is in southeastern France, along the Mediterranean Sea. Its 2012 population was 4.9 million, and the largest city was Marseille (851,000 persons). Provence is the most popular tourist area in France, and Marseille is France’s largest port for commerce, freight, and cruises. Many international enterprises benefit from having French virtual numbers in this region.