Since the French postal service goes on strike rather frequently
(every six months to a year), it's not pleasant to have to wait extra weeks to
get a package or letter. So, to expedite delivery of mail and packages to
France, remember to:
- Capitalize the full last name of the recipient
- Capitalize the full name of the town
- Put a letter "F-" before the French postal code
- Write FRANCE in capital letters at the end of the address.
Here's an example:
Elder Hyrum SMITH
23, rue du 11 novembre
F-78110 LE VESINET
Printing the last name, town, and country of the recipient in CAPITAL BLOCK
LETTERS makes it easier for the French postal service (la Poste) to
read the address and it helps get your letters there faster.
Packages and letters to missionaries are also often detoured en route, because parents forget to place an "F" prefix before the five-digit French postal code. The
packages wind up travelling to the American location with the same ZIP code as the postal code of their missionary's French city.