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 11.811 x 15.748 in
Pot, écolier 310 x 400 mm 12.205 x 15.748 in
Tellière 340 x 440 mm 13.386 x 17.323 in
Couronne écriture 360 x 360 mm 14.173 x 14.173 in
Couronne édition 370 x 470 mm 14.567 x 18.504 in
Roberto 390 x 500 mm 15.354 x 19.685 in
Écu 400 x 520 mm 15.748 x 20.472 in
Coquille 440 x 560 mm 17.323 x 22.047 in
Carré 450 x 560 mm 17.717 x 22.047 in
Cavalier 460 x 620 mm 18.11 x 24.409 in
Demi-raisin 325 x 500 mm 12.795 x 19.685 in
Raisin 500 x 650 mm 19.685 x 25.591 in
Double Raisin 650 x 1000 mm 25.591 x 39.37 in
Jésus 560 x 760 mm 22.047 x 29.921 in
Soleil 600 x 800 mm 23.622 x 31.496 in
Colombier affiche 600 x 800 mm 23.622 x 31.496 in
Colombier commercial 630 x 900 mm 24.803 x 35.433 in
Petit Aigle 700 x 940 mm 27.559 x 37.008 in
Grand Aigle 750 x 1050 mm 29.528 x 41.339 in
Grand Monde 900 x 1260 mm 35.433 x 49.606 in
Univers 1000 x 1130 mm 39.37 x 44.488 in