- Title: FRANCE: KITS OF THE NEW EURO CURRENCY START SELLING
- Date: 14th December 2001
- Summary: (W4) PARIS, FRANCE (14 DECEMBER, 2001) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV EXTERIOR OF TOBACCO STORE / BRASSERIE - STOCKSHOT 0.07 2. SMV WOMAN BUYING EURO KIT 0.15 3. CU WOMAN OPENING EURO KIT AND TAKING OUT EURO COINS 0.21 4. ZOOM OUT (SOUNDBITE) (French) WOMAN SAYING: "I find them very pretty. One can tell they are new: they really shine! Some are really small -- they resemble the 5, 10 and 20 cents but they are nicer. I'll use two wallets: one for francs and one for euros. I wanted to buy them today in order to get ready for January 1". 0.47 5. ZOOM IN WOMAN SHOWING COINS 0.52 6. SLV OTHER CLIENTS BUYING EURO KITS 0.55 7. SMV SHOP KEEPER HANDING EURO KIT OUT TO CLIENT 1.04 8. SMV WOMAN OPENING EURO KIT AND COUNTING THE COINS 1.15 9. CU COINS 1.20 10. MV BAR WITHIN TOBACCO STORE 1.24 11. ZOOM IN MAN OPENING EURO KIT ON THE COUNTER 1.25 12. CU COINS 1.32 13. (SOUNDBITE) (French) MAN SAYING: "I will show them to my colleagues, as we prepare for the passage. Its very important for us because we have 80 automatic tellers that we must feed with euros, and that has represented a lot of work during 2001. We are ready now". 1.51 14. CU POSTER OF EUROKITS ON DISPLAY AT BANK 1.55 15. SMV MAN BUYING KITS AND SHOWING THEM 2.04 16. (SOUNDBITE) (French) MAN SAYING: "I think they are cool and pretty. But the real work starts now: we'll have to get used to them." 2.13 17. SMV WOMAN BUYING KITS 2.23 18. (SOUNDBITE) (French) WOMAN SAYING: "I'll try not to convert, because if I start converting systematically, I'll always stay attached to the franc. So Ill take the plunge and have trust in the shop keepers, otherwise well never get over it". 2.36 19. CU POSTER 2.40 20. VARIOUS OF BANK CLERK CUTTING HOLES IN FRANC NOTES (4 SHOTS) 2.53 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 29th December 2001 12:00
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Reuters ID: LVA9DTQT8V3QV5UHFJV8MB1OSNKA
- Story Text: Early birds in France have had a chance to be among the
first to handle real euro coins, as kits of the new currency
started selling countrywide.
The French held real euro coins for the first time
on Friday (14 December) after purchasing their euro kits as
they went on sale nationwide.
The small plastic sachets containing 40 euro coins worth
15.25 euros are sold at 100 french francs. Between now and
January 1, those eager to take a lead in getting acquainted
with the new currency will be able to buy the coins at postal
offices, tobacco shops, banks and some large chain grocery
stores. For the euro notes, all will have to wait until the
start of the year, when banks will distribute them in exchange
for francs as the new currency begins circulating in the
12-nation euro zone.
People buying the first kits seemed in the rush to open
them and take a careful look at the assortment of shiny coins.
"They resemble the 5, 10 and 20 cents but they are nicer",
said one woman, who explained she would avoid confusion
between the two currencies by using two wallets: one for
francs and one for euros.
The sachets went on sale in France from midnight, as well
as in Ireland and the Netherlands, but they will not become
legal tender until January 1.
In the meantime, banks have started voiding franc notes by
cutting three holes on them, to ensure the notes that the bank
receives do not go back into the market.
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