French-style telephoneA lively university town with a large expatriate community, Aix has good resources for English-speakers. Here's a checklist plus the nearest embassies, consulates, doctors, lawyers and emergency phone numbers.

Certain of these phone numbers cannot be dialled from abroad. To avoid confusion, ALL of the telephone and fax numbers listed on this page are those to call from within France; i.e. excluding the international prefix, +33.

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CULTURE

Tourist Office (Office de Tourisme): Les Allées provençales, 300 avenue Giuseppe Verdi, Aix en Provence. Tel: 04 42 16 11 61. Fax: 04 42 16 11 62.

Festival international d'art lyrique d'Aix en Provence (Aix Music Festival): The former Archevêché (Archbishop's Palace), place de l'Ancien Archevêché, 13100 Aix en Provence. Tel: 08 20 92 29 23. Click here for our full guide to the Festival d'Aix

Bookshops:

All Books & Co., 4 rue Joseph Cabassol, 13100 Aix en Provence. Tel: 04 42 12 44 43. An international bookshop-café with a programme of cultural activities located on the first floor of its sister-shop, Book in Bar.

Book in Bar, 4 rue Joseph Cabassol, 13100 Aix en Provence. Tel: 04 42 26 60 07. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Book in Bar specialises in English-language books and serves teas, muffins, cakes and cookies at cosy tables dotted in among the bookshelves.

Paradox, avenue du 4 Septembre, 13100 Aix en Provence, has closed down indefinitely.

Café and cultural centre:

English Bubble, 453 avenue Jean-Paul Coste, 13100 Aix en Provence. Tel: 04 42 12 58 01. An English café, grocery store, child care facility and cultural centre.

Church:

International Christian Community of Provence (ICCP), 38 rue Vauvenargues, 13100 Aix en Provence. Tel: 04 42 21 55 31. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cinemas:

Most French cinemas show films in dubbed versions, although some screen subtitled films. Note that on occasion a cinema may screen the same film in both versions at different times. Look out in the programme for VO (version originale, or subtitled), as opposed to VF (version française, or dubbed).

Aix boasts a mini-chain of three cinemas, all playing a very varied programme in VO.

Le Cézanne, 1 rue Marcel Guillaume, 13100 Aix en Provence.

Le Renoir, 24 cours Mirabeau, 13100 Aix en Provence.

Le Mazarin, 6, rue Laroque, 13100 Aix en Provence.

Website for the Cézanne, Renoir and Mazarin cinemas.

 

 

Libraries:

Anglo-American Group of Provence Library, La Maison des Associations, 75 route des Milles, Pont de l'Arc, 13090 Aix en Provence. This collection of books, DVDs and videos is open to members of the Association. You can join the library as an associate member.

Cité du Livre-Bibliothèque Méjanes, 8-10 rue des Allumettes, 13100 Aix-en-Provence. Tel: 04 42 91 98 88. The library's foreign language section has some books and periodicals in English.

Social networking:

Accueil des villes françaises - An association welcoming newcomers to Aix.

Anglo-American Group of Provence - An Aix-based organisation serving the English-speaking community.

The Aix en Provence Ex-Pat Meet-up Group - A social network open to all expatriates in the Aix area, regardless of nationality.

MAABN - The Mediterranean Anglo-American Business Network, offering social and commercial networking opportunities.

Rotary Club - The Aix branch, with weekly social activities.

POST OFFICES

Bureau de poste (Post Office): square Colonel Mattei, 13100 Aix en Provence (near La Rotonde).

Bureau de poste (Post Office): place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 13100 Aix en Provence.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Medical (this also covers the SAMU, which deals with serious and specialised medical emergencies): 15

Aix en Provence Hospital Centre Hospitalier du Pays d'Aix, avenue des Tamaris, 13616 Aix en Provence. Tel: 04 42 33 50 00

24 hour pharmacy information (pharmacies de garde): 3237 List of emergency pharmacies in Aix

Police: 17

Aix en Provence police station: 04 42 93 97 00

Fire brigade (the firemen, or sapeurs pompiers, also provide ambulances for general medical emergencies): 18

Any of these services when calling from a mobile phone (cell phone): 112

Car pound (La fourrière): 04 42 20 37 69

Bison Futé (road traffic information): 0800 100 200

Anti-poison: 04 91 75 25 25

Asthma and allergies: 0800 19 20 21

Dental emergencies: 0892 56 67 66

Rape crisis: 0800 05 95 95

A number of centres offer free, anonymous AIDS tests in Aix en Provence (and other towns in the Bouches du Rhône département). The French word for AIDS is SIDA. A test, or screening, is dépistage.

AIDS helpline: 0800 840 800 (freephone number).

Hepatitis helpline: 0800 845 800 (freephone number)

Homophobia helpline: 0810 108 135 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LOST CREDIT CARDS AND TRAVELLERS' CHEQUES

American Express: 01 47 77 72 00

American Express Travellers' Cheques: 0800 83 28 20

Mastercard: 0800 90 13 87

Visa: 0800 90 11 79

EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES

British Consulate, Les Docks de Marseille, Atrium 10.3, First Floor, 13002 Marseille. Tel: 04 91 15 72 10. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

US Consulate General (Consulat Général des Etats-Unis d'Amérique), place Varian Fry, 13286 Marseille Cedex 6. Tel: 01 43 12 48 85.

Some other English-speaking countries have no diplomatic base in Aix or Marseille. These are the nearest contacts.

Australian Embassy, 4 rue Jean Rey, 75724 Paris Cedex 15. Tel: 01 40 59 33 00.

Consulate of Canada, 10 rue Lamartine, 06000 Nice. Tel: 04 93 92 93 22. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Honorary Consulate General of Ireland, St. Michel, 69 avenue du Roi Albert, La Californie, 06400 Cannes. Tel: 06 77 69 14 36.

New Zealand Embassy, 103 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris. Tel: 01 45 01 43 43. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ambassade d'Afrique du Sud à Paris, 59 quai d'Orsay, 75343 Paris Cedex 07. Tel: 01 53 59 23 23. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

DOCTORS AND LAWYERS

A list of hospitals with English-speaking doctors in South East France, including Aix en Provence, is available on the website of the US Consulate General.

A list of English-speaking lawyers in France is available on the website of the British Embassy in Paris. The Australian Embassy in Paris also has a list of English-speaking lawyers in France, including Marseille.

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