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France Currency
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The Euro is now the official currency of 12 EU member states including France.

The first Euro coins and notes were introduced in January 2002. The French Franc was still in circulation until 17 February 2002, when it was completely replaced by the Euro.

Euro (€) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

Currency exchange

Visitors should also look for the Crédit Mutuel or Crédit Agricole. Shops and hotels are prohibited from accepting foreign currency by law. Many UK banks offer differing exchange rates depending on the denominations of currency being bought or sold. Travellers should check with their banks for details and current rates. Some first-class hotels are authorised to exchange foreign currency.

Credit & debit cards in France

American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club, and Visa are widely accepted. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.

Travellers cheques

In 2002 the Banque de France stopped dealing in foreign currencies so therefore no longer handles travellers cheques.

Currency restrictions

The import and export of local and foreign currency is unrestricted in France. Amounts over €7622 must be declared.

Exchange rate indicators

The following figures are included as a guide to the movements of the Euro against Sterling and the US Dollar:
Date Nov '07
Banking hours

Moday-Friday 0900 hrs -1200 hrs and 1400 hrs - 1630 hrs.

Some banks close Monday and some are open Saturday. Banks close at 1200 hrs on the day before a bank holiday, in rare cases, they may also close for all or part of the day after. Some banks in Paris are open Monday-Friday 1000 hrs - 1700 hrs.
Useful travel links
AMEX Travellers Cheques information on Amex travellers cheques
Oanda International currency and foreign exchange services
Travellers Cheques Visa information on Visa travellers cheques
Universal Currency Converter online foreign exchange and currency
VISA ATM Locator location of any ATM that accepts VISA cards