The two Paris airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, registered a record 88.8 million passengers last year, but growth of the number nonetheless slowed to 0.8 per cent, airport operator Aeroports de Paris (ADP) says.
That contrasted with much stronger growth at smaller regional French hubs like Marseille, where traffic jumped by 12.7 per cent to 8.3 million and Toulouse, which posted an increase of 8.2 per cent to 7.5 million passengers.
A breakdown of the headline number showed that Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, also known as Roissy and the second busiest European airport after London's Heathrow, handled 61.6 million passengers in 2012, an increase of 1.1 per cent.
Paris-Orly recorded a slight gain of 0.3 per cent to 27.2 million passengers.
In terms of destinations, flights to the Asia-Pacific region increased by 5.1 per cent, to the Middle East by 2.7 per cent and to Africa by 2.1 per cent.
Service to and from North America was down by 1.2 per cent.