Current time in France


9:11 a.m.
Jan. 16, 2021

Local time in France

The time in France is 1 hour ahead of UTC and 6 hours ahead of Ashburn. There is no daylightsaving in effect at the moment.

Details for the time in France

Current time
9:11 a.m.
Timezone Central European Time (CET)
Olson timezone name Europe/Paris
Time difference 6 hours ahead of Ashburn
  1 hour ahead of UTC

France Daylight Saving time (DST)

France uses Daylight Savings time. In the table below you can find out when DST begins and when DST ends in France.

DST Started 2020 March 29, 2020
Forward 1 hour
DST Ends 2121 Oct. 31, 2021
Backward 1 hour
Next DST Start 2121 March 28, 2021
Forward 1 hour


France uses Central European Time CET and Central European Summer Time CEST. CET is UTC +0100 and CEST is UTC +0200. The prime meridian runs through France. Therefore an one hour offset between CET and UTC is more than one would expect. The result is a relatively late sunrise in France. France's latitude is 46° 00' N which makes the use of daylight saving time unsurprising.

Important cities in France

The current time in some important cities in France is shown below.