In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1franco masculineFrench/Swiss/Belgian franc — franco francés/suizo/belga
- Buying euros with sterling will be no different to the way in which we used to buy francs, drachmas and lire.
- The prices helpfully flash up on the board in pounds, dollars, Swiss francs, pesetas and yen.
- When he bought a $5.2 million villa on the French Riviera he asked as an afterthought whether the price was in dollars or Belgian francs.
- The company is reporting results for the first time in US dollars instead of Swiss francs.
- It trades in the dollar, euro, yen and Swiss francs.
- Against the Swiss franc, the dollar was at 1.2885 francs, down from 1.2949 francs late Thursday.
- So, he bought 10 pounds sterling worth of traveller's cheques and 1,000 French francs.
- Since he still makes all his calculations in old francs, the euro frightens him.
- There were no long queues or flurries of excited bank customers looking to exchange the Luxembourg franc for the euro last week.
- The basic unit of currency is the Comorian franc.
- The Swiss franc can be subdivided into hundredths known as Rappen in German, centime in French, centesimo in Italian and rap in Rhaeto-Romanic.
- In 16 days the euro will be introduced in 12 European countries, and francs, lire, pesetas and the like will be a thing of the past.
- The Luxembourg and Belgian francs are tied to one another in a monetary union in 1921.
- The existence of an African franc whose value was pegged to the French franc ensured that the former colonies enjoyed a hard and stable currency and that the French government had a say in their economies.
- However, Asian currencies gained slightly as investors dumped the U.S. dollar for currencies such as the Swiss franc and the euro.
- Today, the dollar dropped almost 2% against both the Swiss franc and the euro.
- Prices are displayed in euros as well as francs.
- In 2004, the value of the Malagasy franc dropped again to 9500 fmg to the dollar.
- On the other hand, the issue of half francs and quarter francs was maintained up until 1642.
- In 2002, France will convert from the franc to the euro for all financial transactions.
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