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Weights and measures in France

Weights and measures in France:

 

In general, weights & measures in France and the Continent are metric, and temperatures are expressed in degrees Centigrade.

 

 

Paris measure convertions

It’s worth noting too, that in France decimals are indicated by a comma and not a point, as in English-speaking countries.
 

If you come from the United Kingdom or the United States, some of these units of measurement may be a little less familiar, but you will find our conversion tables useful.

 

Units legally used in business in France

 

Kilometre

1000 metres

Metre

 

Decimetre

1/10 of a metre

Centimetre

1/100 of a metre

Millimetre

1/1000 of a metre

 

 

Hectare

100 ares

Decare

10 ares

Are

100 square metres

Square metre

An area equal to that of a square each side of which measures one metre

Square decimetre

1/100 square metre

Square centimetre

1/100 square decimetre

Square millimetre

1/100 square centimetre

 

 

Cubic metre

A volume equal to that of a cube each edge of which measures one metre

Cubic decimetre

1/1000 cubic metre

Cubic centimetre

1/1000 cubic decimetre

Litre

A cubic decimetre

Decilitre

1/10 litre

Centilitre

1/100 litre

Millilitre

1/1000 litre

Hectolitre

100 litres

 

 

Tonne

1000 kilograms

Kilogram

 

Hectogram

1/10 kilogram

Gram

1/1000 kilogram

Carat (metric)

1/5 gram

Milligram

1/1000 gram

 

 

 

Here’s how to convert the metric system of weights and measures into their Imperial equivalents and vice versa:

 

Unit

Conversion factor

New Unit

inches

25.4

millimetres

millimetres

0.0394

inches

inches

2.54

centimetres

centimetres

0.3937

inches

feet

0.3048

metres

metres

3.281

feet

yards

0.9144

metres

metres

1.094

yards

miles

1.609

kilometres

kilometres

0.6214

miles

sq inches

6.452

sq centimetres

sq centimetres

0.155

sq inches

sq metres

10.76

sq feet

sq feet

0.0929

sq metres

sq yards

0.8361

sq metres

sq metres

1.196

sq yards

sq miles

2.589

sq kilometres

sq kilometres

0.3861

sq miles

acres

0.4047

hectares

hectares

2.471

acres

cu inches

16.39

cu centimetres

cu centimetres

0.06102

cu inches

cu feet

0.02832

cu metres

cu metres

35.315

cu feet

cu yards

0.7646

cu metres

cu metres

1.308

cu yards

cu inches

0.01639

litres

litres

61.03

cu inches

pints

0.5682

litres

litres

1.76

pints

US pints

0.47311

litres

litres

2.114

US pints

US gallon

3.785

liters

gallons

4.546

litres

litres

0.02642

US gallons

litres

0.22

gallons

grains

0.0648

grams

grams

15.43

grains

ounces

28.35

grams

grams

0.03527

ounces

pounds

453.6

grams

grams

0.002205

pounds

pounds

0.4536

kilograms

kilograms

2.205

pounds

tons

1016.05

kilograms

kilograms

0.0009842

tons

 

 

  •  Some examples:
     A baguette of bread: 250 g = 8.825 oz
     A half of beer: 25 cl = 0.52 US pt or 0.44 UK pt
     Eiffel Tower: 324 m = 1063.04 ft
     Champs-Elysées: 2 km = 1.24 mi

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