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About France

France has been issuing postal stamps since the 1st January 1849, and ever since their stamps are considered by collectors as some of the most interesting and collectible stamp issues in the world.

Philaposte is the organisation responsible for the management of all of France's philatelic matters including the design, production and order fulfilment to collectors and philatelic institutions. Its main objectives include the preparation of their annual philatelic program which commemorates events and topics of national significance.

Philaposte ensures that its design and printing are of a very high standard and that these positively promote France as they take the view that stamps are important “ambassadors” for their country, and so their theme must reflect issues that are important to the country and could inform other countries about its diversity, history, highlights and achievements amongst other things. Philaposte organises the sale to collectors in post offices, by correspondence and the provision of first day cancellations through the Philatelic Bureau of cancellations. All orders processed via WOPA will be shipped directly by Philaposte who offer a worldwide shipping service and one of the best customer services in the industry.

Philaposte is a member of the Association for the Development of Philately, which allows it to ensure the promotion of stamps and philatelic products with the help of other important players in the philatelic market.

We hope you enjoy browsing this section on WOPA and most importantly that you find purchasing the stamps of France through WOPA of benefit. Please note all prices are the official price and there are no mark ups or premium on any of the Philaposte products available on the WOPA website.