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France République Française    Map   
Population :
(1995)
59.100.000 (density 107 ; surface 551.603 km2)
Capital : Paris (2.200.000)
Internet : FR domain - also domain FX (metropolitan)
9.000.000 people on the Web (15,26 %) (Mar-00) (AFA)
Referrer : (laveau@corse.inria.fr)


Currency : French Franc (FRF) till 28/02/2002
1 FF = 100 centimes
1 Euro = 6,55957 Francs (fixed 31.12.1998)

FIXED VALUES AGAINST FRF
31.12.1998
100 FRF
reverse exchange
DEM
29.8164
335.386
100
ITL
29518.3
3.38773
1000
ESP
2536.54
3.94237
100
NLG
33.5953
297.661
100
BEF/LUF
614.997
16.2608
100
ATS
209.774
47.6704
100
FIM
90.6420
110.324
100
PTE
3056.34
3.271819
100
IEP
12.0063
8.32893
1
GRD
5194.7
1.92503
100
 
 

Number initial banknotes (mln) 2.240
Number initial coins (mln) 8.150
Serial letter U

Eurokit - number (mln) 45
Eurokit - value EUR 15,25
Eurokit - national value FRF 100

National money validity 17/02/2002
Change in banks 30/06/2002
Change coins in centr.bank 3 years
Change banknotes in centr.bank 10 years

500 EUR value FRF 3.279,79
Biggest banknote FRF 500
Biggest banknote value EUR 76,22

Coins : 20f, 10f, 5f, 2f, 1f, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c
Paper : 500f, 200f, 100f, 50f (2 types), 20f.
Other historical banknotes
Authority :
Banque de France

French Ministry of Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry
French National Assembly
Bourse de Paris
MATIF
Commision des Opérations de Bourse
Banks : Informations from Portalino Fantalinks
Banque Financière Groupama
Banque Nationale de Paris
Banque Populaire de Lorraine
BRED Banque Populaire
Cofinoga
Crédit Agricole du Nord
Crédit Commercial de France
Crédit Industriel et Commercial
Crédit Local de France
Crédit Lyonnais
Crédit Mutuel
Générale de Banque
Société Générale
Others : French Banking Association
Chambre de Commerce de Lille
Association pour la modernisation de l'administration par les autoroutes de l'information
AGEFI
Association des Investisseurs pour l'Euro
Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique
Statistics
TTE Tourismus Team Europe

GSM :
Operator System Start Subscribers
01/03/2000
% of growth
last year
France télécom mobiles Gsm 7/92 10.726.900 80
Sfr Gsm 12/92 7.920.300 75
Bouygues télécom Dcs-1800 5/96 3.553.800 128
*= estimate ; source= Mobile communications 22.201.000

UMTS :
Number of operators 4 (only national)
Process of allocation beauty contest
Pubblication of the assignment procedure june 2000
Assignement of the licenses 2. trim. 2001
Service startup 01/01/2002

ATMs :
      Visa/Plus(ATM Locator), MasterCard, Eurocard (any bank with the CB sign will do).
AmEx (a few in the very large cities and everywhere else via Le Credit Lyonnais Bank)
Cirrus (via Le Credit Mutuel and Le Credit Agricole)
      It will be very easy to get cash with Visa, MasterCard and Eurocard possible with AmEx, difficult with Cirrus and impossible with Plus.

Credit
Cards :
      Accepted everywhere. Look for the sign CB in green-blue Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard (Carte Bleue network) AmEx, JCB (sometimes, and nearly always where there are tourists)
Foreign exchange :
      Paris: Best rates are usually given at banks or at the American Express office (near the Opera). The best rate you can ever find is La Banque de France, but the line is so long that you need to change a lot of money to make it worth. Another fair bet is Comptoir Change Opera. In Paris, there are change offices open at any time everywhere tourists go ( bad rates, but no commission ) Nearly every currency can be changed.
      Rest of France: definitely banks. It will always be easier to change something into francs than francs into something since banks have a limited stock of foreign currency.
Travelers checks :
      Easy to cash at any bank. There are often charges...
      AmEx, Visa and Thomas Cook work
      Post-Checks are cashable at every Post Office.

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