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UPDATE: I'm in France now so I have an update. On arrival at Heathrow, I went to a shop in Hayes to look for cards for UK and France. Got a UK card for lycamobile at the recommendation of the shop. It was OK for the one day I used it, and the data plan seemed good for the price (15 GBP for 500 GB in a month). It was only 3G, however, as most (if not all) of the pay-as-you-go seem to be. When we crossed into France on the Chunnel train, as soon as we came up from the tunnel, it recognized that it was in France, advised me that voice calls were now expensive. It never offered any data. I do have Data Roaming set to OFF because that can get VERY expensive, so that may be the problem, but I didn't even expect the voice to work. In Gare du Nord the shop there had no iPhone 5 cards, send me to a smoke shop on the street who also didn't have any. Decided to give it up as a useless hunt and got my rental car to drive to Normandy.

In Normandy I never saw a shop with SIM cards. Didn't expect one on every block, but never saw one. When we returned to Paris, I found an Orange shop who had a two week card with 500MB. Perfect! Still 3G, but I'm back on the net! I post this for any other travelers, plan in advance, maybe even get your cards mailed to the US if possible, so as to avoid wandering around without connectivity. And unless things change, no 4G for PAYG cards.
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