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In the decades
following the French Revolution in 1789, there was a major restructuring of the
postal services into a national organization termed the Directorate of Posts.
The system started developing from the beginning of the 19th century,
particularly to keep pace with the Industrial Revolution raging throughout
Europe. Historic firsts such as post money orders, registered letters, parcels,
savings accounts and post cheques were all inaugurated during the 19th century.
The first French pre-postage stamp was a milestone in postal service history -
it was the first introduction of prepayment in the country as well as an
ingenious simplification to the monetary structure of the postal system.
|A post office in France.
Another twist in the plot of the
battle between snail mail and e-mail: the French postal service La Poste has
allied with the United States Postal Service and Canadian Post to start an
Electronic Courier Service. This is intended to entice consumers who wish to
have both the convenience of e-mail and the security of snail mail.
the 20th century, the fully motorized vehicle mail service was started for the
conveyance of mails in France. The modern aircraft had inevitably been used for
the communication between France and its colonies in Africa and Latin America. A
postal airline Aéropostale was set up exclusively for internal and
international airmail links. World War II had a severe disruption of the French
postal system but it was soon revived in the post-war period. The nighttime
airmail service in 1945 was a first instance of revivement. Another improvement
included the use of faster, more efficient turbojets, which carried 20 times
more mail than in 1948. Finally, in the 1970s, construction began on a network
of mechanized sorting centers to cope with the demand.
The postal service
in France is called La Poste. The brightly colored yellow post-boxes cannot be
missed along the streets and the "La Poste" signs identify the
location of a post-office.
If you are staying
in France for a while and wish to receive incoming mail, sign up for the Poste
Restante service. Then notify whoever's sending your mail to write down 'Poste
Restante' next to your name on the envelope.
from the distances involved, mail can be sent cheaply to neighboring European
countries, while mail bound for the Far East and Oceania will cost much more.