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First-Fourth Republics 1793-1958 | Fifth Republic 1959-present

 

 

Fifth Republic (1959-present)

 

5 Francs, 1966

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Front: Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), French chemist and microbiologist; Institute Pasteur, Paris

Back: Man fighting a rabid dog; laboratory; Louis Pasteur

Courtesy cdma59

 

10 Francs, 1973

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Front: Palais des Tuileries, Paris and Voltaire (1694-1778), French writer and philosopher

Back: Voltaire and Chateau de Cirey

 

50 Francs, 1964

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Front: Port Royal des Champs Abby and Jean Racine (1639-1699), French dramatist

Back: Jean Racine and view of La Ferte-Milon

 

100 Francs, 1976

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Front: Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French poet and dramatist; Versailles Theater

Back: Pierre Corneille; Rouen

Courtesy mbc2012

 

10 Francs, 1978

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Front: Louis Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), French Romantic composer

Back: Louis Hector Berlioz; Villa Medici, Rome

Courtesy cabreira13

 

20 Francs, 1983

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Front: Sea scene and Claude Debussy (1862-1918), French composer

Back: Claude Debussy and lake scene

 

50 Francs, 1988

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Front: Maurice Quentin de la Tour (1704-1788), French Rococo portraitist; Palace of Versailles

Back: Maurice Quentin de la Tour; St. Quentin city hall

Courtesy mdlbank20200

 

100 Francs, 1990

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Front: Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), French Romantic artist; "La Liberté Guidant le Peuple" painting by Delacroix

Back: Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix

Courtesy redford7777

 

200 Francs, 1992

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Front: Justicia; Charles de Secondat (1689-1755), Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu

Back: Charles de Secondat; La Brède castle

Courtesy yuri111

 

500 Francs, 1988

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Front: St. Jacques tower, Paris; Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher

Back: Blaise Pascal; Port Royal des Champs monastery, Versailles

Courtesy yuri111

 

50 Francs, 1993

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Front: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French writer and aviator

Back: Breguet XIV biplane

 

100 Francs, 1998

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Front: Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), French artist and Post-Impressionist painter

Back: Painting of fruit

 

200 Francs, 1996

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Front: Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), French civil engineer and architect

Back: Eiffel Tower base

Courtesy fortumor

 

500 Francs, 1994

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Front: Marie Curie (1867-1934), Polish born French physicist and chemist; Pierre Curie (1859-1906), French physicist

Back: Laboratory utensils

Courtesy fortumor

First-Fourth Republics 1793-1958 | Fifth Republic 1959-present

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France, the largest nation in Western Europe, abolished monarchy and formed the First Republic 1793-99. Ruled by Napoleon Bonaparte 1799-1814. Restored monarchy 1815-48. Formed the Second Republic 1848-70. Formed the Third Republic 1870-1940. Occupied by Germany 1940-45. Formed the Fourth Republic 1945-58. The current Fifth Republic was formed in 1958. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on France.

Beginning on January 1, 2002 Euro becomes the official currency for France.

 

 

 

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