Why do I need to know 06?
If you live in France and have a French mobile phone number, chances are potential lovers, business partners, or friends will ask you for your 06.
What does it mean?
The expression 06 refers to the fist two digits of a French mobile number. Although +33 is the country code, 06 is specific to mobile phones. So when an acquaintance asks for your 06, he or she wants to have your mobile number.
Once you incorporate 06 into your vocabulary, many will have the impression that you do live in France or at least have stayed here for a while.
Donne-moi ton 06 pour qu’on puisse se capter parfois. – ‘Give me your cellphone number so that we can hang out sometime.'
Tapez ton 06 pour prendre un rendez vous. – ‘Type your number to book an appointment.'
C’est qui ce mec? Il est beau gosse, mais je ne pense pas qu’il veuille mon 06. – ‘Who is that guy? He’s really attractive, but I don’t think that he’ll want my phone number.’
Where does it come from?
The origin of 06 is unclear but according to some sources it was created by young people living in the banlieues (France’s northeastern suburbs, in particular).
The expression has grown so popular in the suburbs that La League created a song after it (see below).