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Currently there are 161 colocation data centers from 47 areas in France (Française).
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When searching for colocation data centers in France, the following French terms might be good to know. A data center is called centre de données and multiple data centers are called centres de données, and apart from that they might also be refered to as datacentrers. With regards to services, dedicated server is called serveur dédié, a virtual server is called serveaur serveur virtuel (and often just refered to as VPS, Virtual Private Server), managed server is often called serveur infogéré, IP transit is sometimes reversed and called transit IP and last but not least colocation is sometimes referred to as hébergeurs serveurs. Cloud servers do not have a specific French word and are generally sold under the same terms as in English.

France is one of the regions largest countries, both in terms of size and population, but also in terms of the amount of colocation data centers. Along with United Kingdom, Germany and The Netherlands, France is one of the four primary colocation markets. There are facilities spread out all over the country, but the capital city Paris is also the primary location of the nations data centers and internet traffic exchange as well. Paris is also a key location for European networks, with traffic exchanged at for example France-IX, POUIX and SFINX.

France is 674.843 square kilometers large and has a total population of about 65,8 million people.

France facts from the CIA World Factbook:
metropolitan France: Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, southeast of the UK bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain
French Guiana: Northern South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Suriname
Guadeloupe: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, southeast of Puerto Rico
Martinique: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago
Reunion: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar

Natural hazards:
metropolitan France: flooding avalanches midwinter windstorms drought forest fires in south near the Mediterranean
overseas departments: hurricanes (cyclones), flooding, volcanic activity (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion)

general assessment: highly developed
domestic: extensive cable and microwave radio relay extensive introduction of fiber-optic cable domestic satellite system
international: country code - 33 numerous submarine cables provide links throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and US satellite earth stations - more than 3 (2 Intelsat (with total of 5 antennas - 2 for Indian Ocean and 3 for Atlantic Ocean), NA Eutelsat, 1 Inmarsat - Atlantic Ocean region) HF radiotelephone communications with more than 20 countries
overseas departments: country codes: French Guiana - 594 Guadeloupe - 590 Martinique - 596 Reunion - 262
Internet hosts: 14.256 million 14,256,000 (metropolitan France) (2008)
Internet users: 31.295 million 30.838 million (metropolitan France) (2007)
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