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