Current time in France


10:16 p.m.
April 21, 2024

Local time in France

The time in France is 2 hours ahead of UTC and 6 hours ahead of Ashburn. The current timezone in France is Central European Summer Time (CEST). France is currently observing Daylight Saving Time (DST) also known as summer time. Daylight Saving Time in France ends at Oct. 26, 2024.

Details for the time in France

Current time
10:16 p.m.
Time zone Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Standard timezone: Central European Time (CET)
IANA time zone Europe/Paris
Your time difference 6 hours ahead of Ashburn
UTC time difference UTC+2
2 hours 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.

DST started at March 30, 2024
Sets the clock forward 1 hour
DST is ending at Oct. 26, 2024
Sets the clock back 1 hour
Next DST starts at March 29, 2025
Sets the clock 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.

Time in France