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    French shopping tips

    Tax-Free Purchases

    If you reside outside the European Union and are 15 years or older, you have the right to a VAT (or GST) refund on selected items if the amount of your purchases is greater than or equal to 175 €  and that they are made on the same day, in the same store.

    You must then specify to the vendor that you wish to buy tax-free and then they will give you the appropriate export receipt. This receipt must then be signed by the customs office before checking-in at your point of departure.

    If the vendor is affiliated with Travelex, you may then go to their outlet to receive your refund, if not, then send the signed receipt to the vendor who will then refund by bank transfer or cheque.

    Since the 1st of June, 2011, a simplified electronic receipt system has been in place to avoid waiting in long queues at the counters for tax refunds.

    Since November 2008, a clearance program of tax-free sales receipts by optical scanning of bar codes PABLO (Programme d’Apurement des Bordereaux de vente en détaxe par Lecture Optique des codes barres) has been set up at the airports of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, Orly, Lyon, Marignane, Nice, Geneva and the port terminal in Marseille and the Swiss border, in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois.

    At these sites,  the traditional customs stamp has been replaced with terminals equipped with multilingual touch screens and an optical bar-code reader able to process export documents issued by retailers affiliated with the two main duty free operators, Premier Tax Free and Global Blue. 

    Size equivalencies

    Women clothes

    FRANCE

    34

    36

    38

    40

    42

    44

    UK

    6

    8

    10

    12

    14

    16

    USA

    2

    4

    6

    8

    10

    12

    Women shoes

    FRANCE

    36

    37

    38

    39

    40

    41

    UK

    3

    4

    5

    6

    7

    8

    USA

    5

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    Men clothes

    FRANCE

    34-36

    36-38

    38-40

    40-42

    42-44

    44-46

    UK

    XS

    S

    M

    L

    XL

    XXL

    USA

    XS

    S

    M

    L

    XL

    XXL

    Men shoes

    FRANCE

    40

    41

    42

    43

    44

    45

    UK

    6

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    USA

    7

    8

    9

    10

    11

    12

 
 
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