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Important emergency numbers in France you should know

PUBLISHED: 10:45 04 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:37 13 February 2018

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Make a note of these French emergency numbers and what to say when you ring them in case you need help while in France

SAMU (medical help) 15

Police and Gendarmerie 17

Sapeurs Pompiers (fire and accidents) 18

SOS - all services (recommended when calling from a mobile) 112

SOS – all services (hearing aid or if you cannot talk ) 114

Coastguard 196

Samu Social (emergency shelter) 115

Child in danger 119

Missing Chid 116 000

Out-of-hours doctors 116 117

English speaking SOS helpline 01 46 21 46 46

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What you need to say

- State your name, telephone number and the location where help is required

- Explain the situation: how many people need help and what is happening

- Do not hang up until you are told you can put the phone down

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Emergency words and phrases

Un accident – an accident

J’ai eu un accident – I have had an accident

Blessé(e) – Injured

Perdre connaissance – Unconscious

Hémorragie – Bleeding

Je saigne – I am bleeding

Crise cardiaque – Heart attack

Un AVC (Un accident vasculaire cérébral) – a stroke

Noyade – Drowning

Il se noie – He’s drowning

Brûlure – Burn

Très malade – Very sick

Avoir des contractions – In labour/having contractions

Je suis en train d’accoucher – I am in labour

J’ai besoin d’un médecin – I need a doctor

J’ai besoin d’une ambulance – I need an ambulance

Feu – Fire

La maison a pris feu – The house is on fire

La voiture a pris feu – The car is on fire

Cambrioleur – a thief

Je suis en train de me faire cambrioler – I am being burgled

Un intrus est entré chez moi – An intruder is in the house

Une urgence – an emergency

Aidez moi – Help me

Au secours – Help!

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