Votre 06

imageYou’re in Paris. You meet someone delightfully . . . French. After a philosophical discussion during which you resolve all of the world’s problems, your new friend says, “Votre 06, s’il vous plaît?” (vot-ruh zair-oh seese, sea voo pleh) Unfortunately, you have no idea what that means so you stare blankly, unless, of course, you follow this blog. Because then you’d know that your French friend has just asked for your cell phone number. The first French cell phone numbers all began with 06 and the first digits became shorthand for the whole number. Now that almost all of the possible combinations have been used up, the latest numbers start with 07. When I start my summer job in Paris, one of our first tasks is to make sure that everyone has a cell phone. When we get back from the phone store Orange, the 06 numbers are highly sought after, almost a status symbol. Because who wants to say “Votre 07?”

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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