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Official Language
The official language of the conference is English and will be used for all presentations and printed materials.

Local Time Zones
In January, Paris, FRANCE will be observing Central European Time (CET), which is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus one hour.

Dialing Codes
France's International Country code: +33
Paris' Local Area Codes: 1

The weather in Paris in January is cool with the following temperatures:
Normal High: 7°C/44°F
Normal Low: 1°C/34°F

Currency Exchange
The unit of currency in Paris is the Euro (EUR) and it is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. The exchange rate fluctuates daily. For current exchange rates, please visit

Traveler's Checks and Credit Cards
Credit cards, including MasterCard® and Visa® and traveler's checks are accepted at most hotels, restaurants, department stores, and souvenir shops.

Tipping Standards
In France, all prices shown include tax and service (the latter is around 15% of the total price). However, if the service has been particularly good, you may wish to leave a tip in order to show your appreciation. As a general rule, the amount is 5 to 10% of the total bill.

VAT Refund
For information regarding the refund of VAT for participants outside the European Union, information and forms can be obtained from the following:

Direction Générale de Impôts
Service des Remboursements de TVA des assujjettis étrangers
10, rue d'Uzès
75080 Paris Cedex 2

Electric current in France is 220 volts, 50 Hz. An adaptor must be used with appliances from the United States or elsewhere that operates on a different voltage.

Weights and measures
The system of measurement used in France, as in the majority of European countries, is the metric system, and temperatures are expressed in degrees Centigrade. Also, a comma and not a point, as in English-speaking countries, indicate decimals in France.

Conference Attire
Attire during the duration of the conference is business casual.

Cellular Phones, Pagers and Watch Alarms
As a courtesy to our speakers and other attendees, please turn off any cellular phones, pagers and watch alarms during sessions.

All meeting rooms and seated functions are smoke free.

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