* N.B. The bracketed zero is not required when dialling from outside France.
If you are calling from within France, please dial 05 61 98 7.
If you are calling from outside France, please dial the international access code (e.g. 00 from Britain, check
your telephone directory for other countries), then 33, then leave out the zero (that's why it's in brackets) and
then dial 5 61 98 7.
N.B. The French ringing (i.e. not engaged) tone is one long tone (lasting about 2 seconds)
followed by a pause of similar length.
If you telephone during office hours, the phone will usually be answered by someone who speaks
both French and English. If the office is temporarily unstaffed, you will get the answering service. The answering
service currently uses the French Telecom standard messages.
Don't panic if you don't speak French!!
First of all, what the lady is telling you is that you have got through to:
zero-cinq (05) - soixante-et-un (61) - quatre-vingt-dix-huit (98) - soixante-seize (76) - soixante-et-un (61),
then she rattles on a bit being charming and invites you to speak after the beep. So wait for the beep, and then
leave your message - our English is pretty good, so we won't insist that you speak in French!! (We can understand
English, French and slow and clear Spanish or Italian).
When you have finished, the lady will come back as she has a little more to say. If you say nothing
and hang up once she has started, your message will be saved. The options she gives you are as follows (wait until
she pauses after telling you the options and then say the word given here in brackets): you can hear the message
you have left (ecouter - pronounced eh-coot-tay ), you can add some more to your message (completer - pronounced
com-play-tay) or or you can delete your message (effacer - pronounced ef-fass-say) .
If you choose to delete the message, you will be asked to confirm (oui - pronounced wee), or
cancel the deletion (non - pronounced noh - like nonsense without the 'nsense' bit!) Then you get the option to
re-record your message (enregistrer - pronounced on-rej-eas-tray) or go back to the beginning and hear the first
announcement again (annonce - pronounced an-nonse - like nonsense again , but this time without the 'ense' bit).