Current time in France


11:26 a.m.
March 25, 2023

Local time in France

The time in France is 1 hour ahead of UTC. The current timezone in France is Central European Time (CET). France is currently observing Standard Time (DST) also known as winter time. Daylight Saving Time in France starts at March 26, 2023.

Details for the time in France

Current time
11:26 a.m.
Time zone Central European Time (CET)
DST: Central European Summer Time (CEST)
IANA time zone Europe/Paris
Your time difference 1 hour ahead of UTC
UTC time difference UTC+1
1 hour ahead of UTC

France Daylight Saving Time (DST)

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

Last DST ended at Oct. 30, 2022
Sets the clock back 1 hour
Next DST starts at March 26, 2023
Sets the clock forward 1 hour
DST is ending at Oct. 29, 2023
Sets the clock back 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.

Time in France