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Apr 1

In France, an April Fool's joke is known as Poisson d'Avril

In France, an April Fool's joke is known as Poisson d'Avril - April Fish. That's why David & Sharon, the founders of Cle France, pictured in the postcard below are holding a fish!

In all regions of France there will be a lot more Fish available and being bought for celebratory lunches, a bit like Pancake Day BUT with Fish!

The first year my son played an April Fools joke on me I was confused as to why he kept shouting "Poisson d'Avril, Poisson d'Avril, Poisson d'Avril", the calming influence of my wife explaining why he was repeatedly shouting this phrase thankfully avoided me having him see a costly psychiatrist and as it turns out, he is fine. 

This postcard was originally sent in 1908 and the words on the bottom translate as:

'When you receive our nice fish, you'll know we're always thinking of you.'

To be honest if you opened the door at these two characters were standing there you would have a right to be scared! but they are no doubt charming friendly neighbours as is the norm in France.

The 'rules' of April Fool's and Poisson d'Avril are more or less the same thing, other than the French have a Fascination for Fish! The tradition in France is that along with practical jokes and bogus news stories, putting paper fish on the backs of unsuspecting victims is thought as hilarious, those crazy French japes eh! 

Here's a little April 1st film trivia for you: What gritty and stylish 1970's police movie takes place in Marseille where the opening scene is on April 1st?

See Below for the answer.

April Fools Day in France

Pictured above: David & Sharon earlier today!

ANSWER IS: the French Connection II. In the opening scenes of the movie, Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle (played by Gene Hackman) meets Henri Barthélémy (played by Bernard Fresson), in front of the gendarmarie in Marseille. Barthélémy is looking for drugs, where else but in a fish of course, based on a tip. He doesn't find any, as it's a Poisson d'Avril it is a joke played on the police, get it?

Anybody played any good "Poisson d'Avril" jokes or had one played on them?

Blog submitted by: David at The French Property Network - Cle France.

Thanks for the website 'Americans in France' for the original French Postcard image.

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Apr 1

April Fools Day - Paper Fish

In France, an April Fool's joke is known as Poisson d'Avril - April Fish. Why else would we show you a picture of a fish rather than a house for sale in France!

Many a 1st April has been spent with me walking round completely oblivious to the fact I have a paper fish on my back, read on to learn why.

In all regions of France there will be a lot more Fish available and being bought for celebratory lunches, a bit like Pancake Day BUT with Fish!

April Fools day in France

Photo by OrigamiNate on Flickr.

Humour can be a bit hard to understand in another language, whether it’s a "knock knock" joke, or an inside joke that you’re not in on. Heureusement (fortunately), April Fool’s Day exists in France. That said, it has a different set of traditions and a very different name: April Fish or in French, Poisson d’arvil.

The holiday is celebrated with des plaisanteires et des canulars (jokes and pranks), but also by trying to accrocher un poisson de papier dans le dos de tes amis (stick paper fish on your friends’ backs)!

The name poisson d’avril comes from an old tradition dating back to 1564. La légende veut que (Legend has it that) the year used to start on April 1st, but was changed to January 1st by Charles IX. The old new year’s tradition involved a gift exchange, mais (but) some people n’étaient pas au courant du changement (were not aware of the change) and continued to exchange gifts on April 1st after le changement. Other people then used the occasion de se moquer d’eux (to make fun of them)!

But why fish? The old new year était pendant (was during) the end of le Carême (Lent). Christians would be fasting, but they could still eat fish. The joke of giving un faux poisson (a fake fish) began as une blague (a joke) on the old tradition of giving real fish as gifts. Donc le nom (Thus the name), poisson d’avril.

The tradition continues today and kids all over France will try to sneak up and accrocher un poisson papier dans le dos de ses amis. When the friend le découvre (finds out), the surprise is met with shouts of Poisson d’arvil! much the same way un gag similaire (a similar gag) would be met with April Fool’s! in the English speaking world.

Voici une liste de vocabulaire pour le poisson d’arvil:

Une plaisanterie – A joke

Une blague – A joke, a trick

Un canular – A prank

Un gag – A joke, a gag

Un poisson papier – A paper Fish

Poisson d’avril! – April Fools!

Accrother un poisson de papier dans le dos de quelqu’un – Stick a paper fish on someone’s back

Start your pranking out right and accrochez un poisson de papier dans le dos de quelqu’un!

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Blog submitted by: Alex at The French Property Network - Cle France.

This blog was originally posted on The French Language Blog pages.

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Mar 31

Pounds jumps to a 12-month high

A bit more volatility has crept into exchange rates lately.

Market data in the UK over the last week was a mixed bag, leading to opportunities for both buying and selling Pound Sterling at different times.

Some divergence in leading currency pairs is also developing.

Against the Euro, the Pound has the upper hand, sitting at a 1-year high.

But against the US Dollar, the Pound is losing ground, hovering near a 1-month low.

Part of our service is to monitor news and currency forecasts; where risks or opportunities could arise.

Together we can discuss a plan and find a solution to suit your situation.

You can speak to a trader by calling 01872 487 500.

To find out our latest rates on the currency you need, just click below.

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Current rates: 

Wednesday 31st March 2021 at 09:30

£1.00 GBP = 1.1721 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.3766 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.8071 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.9677 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7336 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 20.3991 ZAR

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Mar 24

Pound Hits 6-week Low

After a miraculous run, the Pound has lost some of its lustre.

Against the US Dollar, GBP sits at a 6-week low.

Against the Euro, GBP is near a 3-week low.

Why?

Well, firstly, the Pound has had a strong run, so was vulnerable to profit-taking.

Secondly, the recent news has not helped the Pound.

In the US, a whopping $1.9 trillion stimulus package is about to unleashed, which is seen as good for the Dollar.

In the EU, there’s talk about banning vaccine exports to Britain – good for the Euro, bad for the Pound.

The UK still has a sizeable advantage in terms of its vaccine roll-out, so the current downturn in Sterling could well prove short-lived.

It is, however, a sharp reminder of how quickly currency trends and sentiment can change course.

We note the ‘net long’ (bullish) position in Sterling futures has shrunk considerably in the past 2 weeks. In other words, investors are getting nervous.

It’s why we are always looking to take advantage of favourable moves while keeping an eye on upcoming risks.

If you would like to discuss your upcoming money transfer, please get in touch with our team on 01872 487 500.

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Current rates: 

Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 09:45

£1.00 GBP = 1.1588 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.3716 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7998 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.9619 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7241 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 20.3051 ZAR

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Mar 17

Pound hits fresh highs for 2021

The Pound has been put to the test this week.

Against the Euro, GBP faced heavy selling yesterday only to then bounce right back and hit fresh highs for the year.

From a technical perspective, it will be seen as a bullish indicator.

We suspect the reason was more to do with the Euro.

The EU continues to drag its heels on the vaccine roll-out. It could stall an economic recovery.

And now Italy looks to be facing a 3rd wave of COVID cases – adding to the negative outlook.

Against the US Dollar, the picture is less clear.

GBP peaked against USD almost 3 weeks ago.

Since then, the rate has stayed in a tight range, but we know stability never lasts long in foreign exchange.

As always, we will be looking to take advantage of any favourable moves for our clients.

Volatility can be turned to your advantage.

If you would like to discuss risk mitigation strategies, please get in touch with our team on 01872 487 500.

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

Current rates: 

Wednesday 17th March 2021 at 09:35

£1.00 GBP = 1.1671 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.3905 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7988 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.9363 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7331 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 20.7145 ZAR

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  • Need to Send Money Abroad?

    • At Clé France / Key Currency, many of our customers have a need for currency exchange.
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