What is the correct date format that includes the time, name of day, day of the month and year?

I tried searching online for an answer, but a lot of sites do it very differently.

For now, I'm using "11:21:32, lundi, le 22 décembre 2014" format, but I'm not sure if it's correct.

  • Whatever you choose to do with the rest of it, if you do use the "le," be sure to follow M42's answer below and correctly put it before "lundi" and not before "22". I'm not sure who started the unfortunate myth that "le lundi" "sounds weird and is therefore always wrong," but it has rapidly gone from "unfortunate myth" to "absolute truth" in many French classes taught here where I live.
    – Papa Poule
    Commented Dec 23, 2014 at 1:03

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AFAIK, the format used for date time in french is:

le lundi 22 décembre 2014 à 11:21:32


le lundi 22 décembre 2014 à 11h21min


lundi 22 décembre 2014 à 11h21

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    Pour une date qui n'est pas incluse dans un texte, on peut supprimer le le et remplacer le à par un - : lundi 22 décembre 2014 - 15h45 ou lundi 22 décembre 2014 - 15;45:35 si l'on affiche les secondes
    – Personne
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 10:46
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    @KidDiamond: That isn't odd at all, it's the way to write date + time in french.
    – Toto
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 12:35
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    “11h21” is also much more natural than “11h21mn”.
    – Édouard
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 16:45
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    Je n'ai jamais lu “mn”… Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 20:01
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    @StéphaneGimenez C'était pourtant l'abréviation officielle de minute jusqu'en 1975.
    – jlliagre
    Commented Dec 22, 2014 at 20:58

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