One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The basic monetary unit of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and several other countries, equal to 100 centimes (replaced in France, Belgium, and Luxembourg by the euro in 2002).
- ‘Prices are displayed in euros as well as francs.’
- ‘It trades in the dollar, euro, yen and Swiss francs.’
- ‘On the other hand, the issue of half francs and quarter francs was maintained up until 1642.’
- ‘However, Asian currencies gained slightly as investors dumped the U.S. dollar for currencies such as the Swiss franc and the euro.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Today, the dollar dropped almost 2% against both the Swiss franc and the euro.’
- ‘There were no long queues or flurries of excited bank customers looking to exchange the Luxembourg franc for the euro last week.’
- ‘The prices helpfully flash up on the board in pounds, dollars, Swiss francs, pesetas and yen.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Swiss franc can be subdivided into hundredths known as Rappen in German, centime in French, centesimo in Italian and rap in Rhaeto-Romanic.’
- ‘Buying euros with sterling will be no different to the way in which we used to buy francs, drachmas and lire.’
- ‘In 2002, France will convert from the franc to the euro for all financial transactions.’
- ‘The Luxembourg and Belgian francs are tied to one another in a monetary union in 1921.’
- ‘In 2004, the value of the Malagasy franc dropped again to 9500 fmg to the dollar.’
- ‘Since he still makes all his calculations in old francs, the euro frightens him.’
- ‘The company is reporting results for the first time in US dollars instead of Swiss francs.’
- ‘The basic unit of currency is the Comorian franc.’
- ‘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.’
From Old French, from Latin Francorum Rex ‘king of the Franks’, the legend on gold coins struck in the 14th century in the reign of Jean le Bon.
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