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Jan 19

Sterling nears 3-year highs

You do get some strange moves in currency markets.

It’s why it often pays to grab opportunities when they arise.

It might surprise you to know that the Pound is sitting near 3-year highs against the US Dollar - the world’s reserve currency.

An incredible performance by the Pound given the fragile situation in the UK with COVID and Brexit.

Of course, the US has also had its fair share of pandemic and political troubles that have dented the Dollar.

The Pound Against the Euro.

Against the Euro the Pound has struggled to generate the same momentum. It’s been more of a rollercoaster ride in recent times.

The Brexit deal failed to give the Pound the leg up that many expected.

It was a sign perhaps that investors aren’t convinced the matter is resolved.

No doubt there will be opportunities for GBP-EUR buyers and sellers over the coming weeks, but these may well be short-lived.

Therefore, it makes sense to get in touch with our dealing team in advance to make sure we are aware of your requirements, and you can act quickly when the rate moves in your favour.

You can reach us on 01872 487 500.

Or to find out our latest rates, click below.

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Thanks For Reading, What Next?

Have a great day, Geoff Lambourne - Direct Dial me on 0044 (0)1872 487 470.

Current rates: 

Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 11:15

£1.00 GBP = 1.1229 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.3624 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7661 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.9117 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7332 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 20.3657 ZAR

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Jan 9

Guide to Living in France - Post Brexit

New Guide to Living in France - Post Brexit

Now that the UK is outside of the European Union our guide is an important and informative read.

Our popular and helpful 'PDF Guides' are free for you to download.

Essential reading for anyone looking to buy a Holiday Home or Full-Time Home in France in 2021.

Living in France now? then find out what will change.

In the guide we look at how Brits can buy and live in France in 2021 and beyond.

Get Your Free PDF Guide to Living in France - Post Brexit here

Living in France Post Brexit

Kind regards, 
Sharon Evans 
Founder of Clé France.

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Jan 7

The Pounds wobbles into 2021

We start the year with the 3rd national lockdown and the beginning of Brexit.

Perhaps Brexit is yet to impact given there’s little movement of people.

Clearly, COVID remains the central issue right now.

Both the UK and the US are in a worse position than elsewhere.

It explains why the Pound has dipped against the Euro but been more resilient against the US Dollar.

Investors are hoping for more government measures this year to stimulate the road to recovery.

In the interim, we look forward to assisting you.

Key Currency is operating normally, without disruption to service and can facilitate any currency requirements you may have.

If you need assistance, please feel free to reach us on 01872 487 500.

Or to find out our latest rates, click below.

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Thanks For Reading, What Next?

Have a great day, Geoff Lambourne - Direct Dial me on 0044 (0)1872 487 470.

Current rates: 

Thursday 7th January 2021 at 12:00

£1.00 GBP = 1.1069 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.3566 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7538 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.8728 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7256 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 20.7372 ZAR

  • Want to Learn More?

  • We have created a selection of Free PDF Guides for you to download covering many aspects of buying property abroad, visit our PDF Guides Page today or download our "Buying A Property in France" Guide PDF document.
  • Want to Live in France Post-Brexit? download our "PDF Guide to Living in France Post-Brexit" document.

    Brexit Guide Download

  • Need to Send Money Abroad?

    • At Clé France / Key Currency, many of our customers have a need for currency exchange.
    • We are pleased to offer our customers favourable exchange rates on international currency transfers.
    • As a Clé France website visitor, you qualify for preferential exchange rates when you transact through Key Currency.

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Jan 2

New Year's Traditions in France

French Culture – New Year’s Traditions

On this deuxième jour de janvier (second day of January), I’d like to start off by wishing everyone une très bonne année! (a very Happy New Year!) New Year’s provides the French with not one, but two more chances to do what they do best . . . celebrate!

Like most festive French holidays, New Year’s (both le Réveillon et le jour de l’An / New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day) feature great food and, of course, Champagne!* Many French New Year’s feasts also feature a (or many!) big platter(s) of freshly shucked huîtres (oysters). Shipped fresh from the ports of la Bretagne (Brittany), les huîtres are a favourite of the French for the holidays

Les mois sans ‘r’

While oysters are now consumed year-round, historically eating oysters (and other seafood) in the warmer months could be dangerous for those living far from the shore (no refrigeration meant that delicate seafood could easily spoil in transport). Oysters also reproduce when the water around them gets warm (generally in mid-spring and summer months of mai, juin, juillet, et août / May, June, July, and August) and some find that oysters are not as good at this this time. These two facts resulted in a common French tradition of avoiding oysters in les mois sans ‘r’/months without an ‘r’!

New Years Eve

Le saviez-vous? / Did you know?

Le jour de l’An (New Years Day) was not always January 1st. For centuries, the start of the year varied from country to country and even sometimes by region. In parts of France the new year once started on April 1 (and some say that the tradition of le poisson d’avril dates from this period). It wasn’t until the late 16th century, when Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar we know today, that January 1 was officially established as the start of the new year (at least throughout the Christian world).

* While most wine-producing countries have some form of vin mousseux/sparkling wine (Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain; even France has vin mousseux produced in regions outside Champagne ), Champagne is only Champagne if it is produced in the French region of the same name.

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Jan 1

Bonne année! Happy New Year!

French Question: Why is it “Le Novel An” and not “Le Nouveau An”?

We wish all of our subscribers a happy and healthy 2021.

Talking about the new year in French can be especially difficult. This is because there are two words that mean “year”–an (m) and année (f), and because both of these words start with a vowel, which can change the word that comes before it.

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What’s the difference between an and année?  Besides the fact that an is masculine and année is feminine, an describes a particular moment during the year while année describes a span of time (this is similar to the pairs soir and soirée).

Thus, you would say: C’est le jour du nouvel an (It’s New Year’s Day) using an instead of année because you are referencing a particular moment of time during the year (New Year’s Day).

If, however, you would like to wish someone a happy new year, this is over a span of time, which lasts for the entire year. That’s why you use année in the expression “Happy New Year” or bonne année.

But there’s another trick when referencing the new year, or le nouvel an, in French. Because an is masculine, the adjective typically used with it should be nouveau. However, in French, an adjective cannot end with a vowel if the following noun also begins with a vowel (for reason of pronunciation or liaison).

Thus, there is always a masculine form of a word that can be used only in front of masculine nouns that start with vowels. In this case, that would be nouvel. Nouvel is pronounced just like the feminine form nouvelle, so don’t get confused if you hear someone say le nouvel an–this doesn’t mean that an is feminine. (You can also think about the difference between the demonstrative adjectives ce (masculine), cette (feminine), and cet (masculine before a masculine noun that begins with a vowel).

Alors, je vous souhaite tous une bonne année et j’espère que vous avez passé un bon nouvel an avec votre famille!

Bonne année! Happy New Year!

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