French Paper Sizes

Further Information

In 1967 France started using the ISO paper size standard. However before this, France had their own paper size system. The paper formats in this system follow the AFNOR standard which was established in 1926. Some of these paper formats are still used today. When the paper is handcrafted, they are branded with watermarks. The watermarks are where the names of the paper come from. Some of the formats are known as double and quadruple versions. An example of a double version is Carré (450mm x 560mm) and Grande Monde (900mm x 1260mm), whereby the smallest side is doubled. An example of a quadruple version is Cloche (300mm x 400mm) and Soleil (600mm x 800mm), whereby both sides are doubled.

Format Width x Height (mm) Width x Height (in)
Cloche 300 x 400 mm 11.8 x 15.7 in
Pot, écolier 310 x 400 mm 12.2 x 15.7 in
Tellière 340 x 440 mm 13.4 x 17.3 in
Couronne écriture 360 x 360 mm 14.2 x 14.2 in
Couronne édition 370 x 470 mm 14.6 x 18.5 in
Roberto 390 x 500 mm 15.4 x 19.7 in
Écu 400 x 520 mm 15.7 x 20.5 in
Coquille 440 x 560 mm 17.3 x 22 in
Carré 450 x 560 mm 17.7 x 22 in
Cavalier 460 x 620 mm 18.1 x 24.4 in
Demi-raisin 325 x 500 mm 12.8 x 19.7 in
Raisin 500 x 650 mm 19.7 x 25.6 in
Double Raisin 650 x 1000 mm 25.6 x 39.4 in
Jésus 560 x 760 mm 22 x 29.9 in
Soleil 600 x 800 mm 23.6 x 31.5 in
Colombier affiche 600 x 800 mm 23.6 x 31.5 in
Colombier commercial 630 x 900 mm 24.8 x 35.4 in
Petit Aigle 700 x 940 mm 27.6 x 37 in
Grand Aigle 750 x 1050 mm 29.5 x 41.3 in
Grand Monde 900 x 1260 mm 35.4 x 49.6 in
Univers 1000 x 1130 mm 39.4 x 44.5 in