Using the telephone

The phrases in this section are commonly used in telephone conversations, when calling directory enquiries and when using mobiles.

allô!hello! (when answering the phone)
puis-je te rappeler?can I call you back? (familiar)
puis-je vous rappeler?can I call you back? (polite)
quel est ton numéro?what's your number? (familiar)
quel est votre numéro?what's your number? (polite)
vous avez fait un faux numéroyou've got the wrong number (polite)
je voudrais une carte téléphoniqueI'd like a phonecard (for using public telephones)
un (téléphone) portablea mobile phone
un GSMa mobile phone (this is only used in Belgium)

Emergency telephone numbers in France

18fire brigade

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