Last update: 03.02.2022 - older versions

National launch of DAB+

On 12 October 2021 France launched two new national multiplexes broadcasting 25 DAB+ stations, including national services from Radio France and leading private broadcasters. The new multiplexes are broadcast along the major motorway corridors of Paris-Lyon-Marseille. The 25 services include three new DAB+ only stations and 22 stations that are also broadcast in FM. These 25 radios are in addition to the hundreds of radio stations already available regionally and locally on DAB+

The CSA rollout plan, the "nodes and arcs strategy", which also includes continued regional rollouts alongside the launch of national services, aims to bring population coverage in France to 50% by 2022.

Receiver legislation

There are two separate pieces of legislation in France related to DAB+ in cars:


In December 2018 DAB+ coverage reached 21.3% of the French population, which triggered a law requiring that all radio receivers (including in-car) sold in France be compatible with the broadcasting standards listed in section V of section 19 of the law . The regulator - le Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel - notes that DAB+ is the only authorised digital terrestrial radio standard in France. This 2018 law was amended in June 2020 to align with the EECC deadline of 20 December 2020.


In November 2020, the French parliament voted in favour of a law to transpose the EECC into French legislation. This law passed the last stage and was made official in December 2020, with the transposition of the EECC into French law officially published on 28 May 2021. Other receivers Other radios (terminals), for which the reception function of radio services broadcast is not purely incidental, and have an alphanumeric screen, must be capable of receiving digital terrestrial radio.

Last update: 28.05.2021 - older versions

As of May 2021, population coverage in France stands at 30%.

In January 2020, the French media regulator CSA, published a new DAB+ roadmap highlighting DAB+ developments plans for the 2020-2023 period. According to the new roadmap, calls for applications will be launched for 50 local allotments in that period of time – these primarily concern the cities of Dijon, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Caen, Nancy, Paris, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Poitiers and Toulouse.

In May 2020, the CSA published the list of broadcasters that will be allocated DAB+ frequencies as part of the launch of DAB+ in Nancy, northeastern France. 26 stations will be available to listeners in the region as part of the launch, scheduled for 2021.

Last update: 08.03.2021 - older versions

In this country there are

on air.

Please note:

(a)    These web pages are updated regularly to reflect current services on air, however they may not be exactly up to date.

(b)    The logos shown on these pages are for illustrative purposes only – manufacturers and broadcasters are directed here for information on implementing station logos.

France is in the process of rolling out DAB+ services nationwide.  This web page is updated regularly to reflect the current services on air in France, but may not be exactly up to date. 

An interactive  map showing all services currently on air in France, as well as those licensed to go on air, can be found at:  Ma radio DAB Plus - CSA - Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel.

Simulcast on AM / FM Exclusive on digital Total of services
DAB+ programmes 76 91 167

Last update: 16.02.2022 - older versions

In France, as of H2 2021, 90% of new cars sold are equipped with DAB+ as standard (Source: JATO Dynamics 2022).

Last update: 05.02.2021 - older versions

Receiver legislation 

In December 2018 DAB+ coverage reached 21.3% of the French population, which triggered a law requiring that all radio receivers (including in-car) sold in France be compatible with the broadcasting standards (ie DAB+). This 2018 law was amended in June 2020 to align with the EECC deadline of 20 December 2020.

In November 2020, the French parliament voted in favour of a law to transpose the EECC into French legislation. This law passed the last stage and was made official in December 2020, enabling the government to take a final decree which is expected by early 2021. The decree will confirm that new passenger cars in France will be required to include digital terrestrial radio from 20 December 2020, in line with the EECC. Additional obligations regarding consumer receivers have yet to be agreed and may also be included in that decree enacting the EECC.

More detailed information is in the WorldDAB EECC Factsheet

Last update: 02.10.2018 - older versions

40,000 households in eastern Paris can now receive DAB as part of a test by Towercast. Radio France is broadcasting their portfolio of radio stations on that trial. 

There is one trial local multiplex in East Paris and one trial local multiplex on air in Rambouillet. One of the 5 DAB+ stations on air in Rambouillet are available exclusively via DAB+ digital radio (not on FM).

Several stations offer Slideshow services (SLS).

Last update: 13.06.2022 - older versions

The Regulator (ARCOM - previously CSA) refers to a “Nodes and Arcs” phase of DAB+ rollout bringing DAB+ coverage to the 50 largest cities and to the highways connecting them. The target completion date is end of 2022. Then the so-called “Percolation Phase” will cover the lower density regions.

Four calls for applications are expected by end of 2023 to reach 50 smaller cities and their surrounding areas. From the point of view of enhancing the digital radio experience for consumers, the CSA initiated a forum with French broadcasters to discuss the DAB+ user experience.

DAB+ regulation in France is outlined on the French Media regulator's website here

The 2021 annual report of the CSA / ARCOM which includes substantial information about the deployment of DAB+ in France is available to download here


Last update: 05.02.2021 - older versions

The website was set up to summarise the deployment of DAB+ in France. It is paid by and for stakeholders of DAB+ in France.

Consumer Marketing

French broadcasters are developing a marketing strategy in preparation for the national launch of DAB+.  The work involves collaboration between all broadcaster groups - Radio France, the large private broadcasters as well as independent radios.  

KTO radio goes digital
12.01.2023 - France France
KTO was selected by Arcom on 11 January 2023 as the 26th station on the national digital terrestrial radio frequency. Vincent Montagne, President of KTO, commented on this news: "KTO continues its deployment and and begins a new phase in its history. This digital access strengthens our offer of multimedia services. We are very pleased to have been selected and look forward to launching this new project." KTO TV is the French-speaking Catholic channel, it offers insights into subjects of reflection or debate and accompanies the prayer life of its viewers.

(KTO) Read more

Radio: the FM band will soon be obsolete in Haute-Vienne
09.01.2023 - France France
Since 6 December 2022, the Groupement de radios associatives libres en Limousin (Gral), has swapped the traditional FM broadcasting for DAB+. Denis Lespiaut, who has been at the head of the company for 23 years, has succeeded in pooling some fifteen radio services throughout the Limousin region, spread over 25 frequencies. The parent company, which acts like a press agency, has decided to follow the lead of a revolution taking place in the radio world: the end of FM broadcasting in favour of DAB+ (in French, radio numérique terrestre).

(Le Populaire du Centre) Read more

Radio FG on DAB+ in Amiens
09.01.2023 - France France
Radio FG has started broadcasting in Amiens on DAB+. Maison FG is continuing to develop its radio offering on DAB+ in France with its four stations, FG DJ Radio, FG CHIC, Maxximum and DanceOne. FG has a weekly audience of more than 1.1 million people and 214,600 daily listeners. Radio FG broadcasts in 32 cities on FM and DAB+, including Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Strasbourg, Monaco-Nice, Toulouse, Lille, Nantes, Rennes, Orléans, Bordeaux, Nancy, Dijon, Caen and Clermont-Ferrand.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

Sibyle Veil reappointed as President and CEO of Radio France
22.12.2022 - Radio France WorldDAB Member - France France
Arcom today appointed Sibyle Veil as President and Director General of Radio France for a second term. Sibyle Veil joined Radio France in the summer of 2015 as Deputy Director of Operations and Finance. She was appointed President and CEO of Radio France by the CSA (ex-ARCOM) on 12 April 2018 and took up her post on 16 April of the same year, becoming the first woman to be appointed to head Radio France since Michèle Cotta in 1981. She is now appointed for a new term at Radio France.

(Radio France) Read more

LMS "La Musique Star" launches on DAB+
22.12.2022 - France France
On 20 December, the LMS station "La Musique Star" launched its DAB+ station in the south of France. In agreement with its broadcaster, Monaco Média Diffusion, the transmitting power of the transmitter located on the heights of Nice at Mont-Agel is 10KW. LMS Radio is positioned as a new commercial music radio station with a "Pop-Rock Emotion" format, making a diversion through the 80s and 90s as well as highlighting the new talents of the French "Pop-Rock Emotion" scene.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

Maison FG: start of the FG Chic station in Monaco
21.12.2022 - France France
FG Chic, the sound-design radio station from the House of FG, has started broadcasting its programmes in Monaco on DAB+, the roll-out of which is accelerating rapidly in France. This is FG Chic's second DAB+ frequency after Paris in the Île-de-France region. Maison FG is thus continuing to develop its DAB+ network in France with its four stations FG DJ Radio, FG CHIC, Maxximum and DanceOne.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

TDF selected to broadcast digital radio in Metz, Nancy, Limoges and Bayonne
20.12.2022 - TDF WorldDAB Member - France France
TDF announced today that it has been selected as the operator for digital radio broadcasting in four new areas (extended allotments of Metz, Nancy, Limoges and Bayonne defined by Arcom). In 2023, the inhabitants of Lorraine (from Thionville to Epinal), the South-West (from Hendaye to the south of the Landes) and Limousin (from Bellac to Brive-la-Gaillarde) will benefit from radio services broadcast in digital quality thanks to the 19 DAB+ transmitters that TDF will be putting into service in these areas. In 2022 alone, TDF has commissioned 21 transmitters that bring radio in digital quality to the population of some twenty towns in France every day.

(TDF) Read more

DAB+: Comequip broadcasts the local multiplex in Limoges
13.12.2022 - France France
Since Tuesday, December 6, the city of Limoges has had another way of listening to the radio with the arrival of DAB+. The local Limoges multiplex is made up of 13 radio stations. The COMEQUIP company deployed its technical know-how by ensuring the distribution with two sites in SFN. Today, COMEQUIP broadcasts three local multiplexes, namely Bordeaux, Toulouse and Limoges.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

France Bleu Picardie broadcast on DAB+
12.12.2022 - Radio France WorldDAB Member - France France
France Bleu Picardie is now available on DAB+. With the commissioning of three new DAB+ transmitters, the local Picardy radio station has seen its broadcasting channels extended. France Bleu Picardie can now be received in DAB+ digital radio by almost 675,000 inhabitants. This new broadcasting enables France Bleu to complete its global offer in DAB+ digital radio.

(La Lettre Pro de la Radio) Read more

DAB+ broadcasts in the Abbeville and Saint-Quentin areas
06.12.2022 - TDF WorldDAB Member - France France
From 6 December, TDF is starting to broadcast DAB+ digital radio from its Mareuil-Caubert and Neuville-Saint-Amand sites. The population of Abbeville and Saint-Quentin can now receive thirteen radio stations broadcast in DAB+ digital quality. TDF teams carried out new technical installations on each of the two TDF sites concerned. This work consisted of installing a new antenna system, a multiplexing cell and the associated transmitters. Work was also carried out to adapt the infrastructure.

(TDF) Read more

Select Country:

Key Information

Status: regular
Population: 65.2 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 39%
Services: 167 DAB+
Line-fit automotive sales (cumulative): 4,168,000 devices
New cars with DAB/DAB+ as standard: Sparkline Graph 90%
Total Sales (cumulative): 5,428,000 devices
Penetration by household: Sparkline Graph 13%
Last update: 16.02.2022

Useful Links

DAB+ services on air in France
Annuaire des radios Françaises en AM, FM et RNT
Regulator - ARCOM
Call for application for 2 multiplexes covering main roads
DAB+ in France - interactive map
DAB+ regulation in France