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Jan 16

Brexit Chaos - What now for Pound Sterling?

It’s the biggest defeat for a sitting British government in history…

Theresa May’s Brexit plan is dead and buried. Her own party made sure of that.

But what now?

The fact is there are so many different scenarios that could unfold from here.

Even if the PM survives today’s vote of no confidence, there is no clear path ahead.

The EU seems unwilling to compromise.

Labour is pushing for a second referendum.

Her own party is deeply divided.

Volatility in the Pound is inevitable against a background of huge uncertainty and increased risk.

We could be facing some big moves in the coming weeks and months.

A no-deal Brexit is perhaps the biggest threat of all. ING predicts Sterling would hit parity with the Euro if that happens.

Or politicians could do what they do best – and kick the can down the road – extending the deadline.

While a delay in Brexit would buy time, it will further damage the UK economy.

For those with GBP exposure, we are closely watching events and market moves throughout the day.

With so many possibilities, Pound Sterling faces a period of unprecedented uncertainty.

One thing we can do however is help you secure a rate of exchange and mitigate your ongoing currency risk.

To speak to a trader now call us on 01872 487 470.

Or to get current exchange rates, simply request a quote 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: 

Wednesday 16th January 2019 at 09:05

£1.00 GBP = 1.1270 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.2871 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7878 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.8895 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7060 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 17.5949 ZAR

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Dec 31

The New Year is Fast Approaching

Le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre (New Year’s Eve)

The New Year (le nouvel an) is fast approaching. After a less than stellar 2018, I for one will be saying vive 2019! 

In France, as elsewhere, New Year’s Eve (called le réveillon du jour de l’an) is typically celebrated with friends. It’s common to celebrate the new year with champagne and fireworks. But did you know that, unlike in English, New Year’s Eve also has a different name?

In French, New Year’s Eve is also known as le réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre.

But who was Saint Sylvester?

Bonne Annee

Saint Sylvester was Pope (Pape) from 314 to 335 AD. Not much is known about his life, although the church grew in power during his tenure, erecting such monuments as Santa Croce in Jerusalem and the old Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Most of our common knowledge about Saint Sylvester is through unverified (and potentially fictional) stories about his relationship with the Emperor Constantine. One fictitious story stated that, upon administering blessed water, Sylvester cured Constantine of leprosy. Supposedly, it was Sylvester’s miracle that influenced Constantine to convert to Christianity.

The Feast of Saint Sylvester is celebrated around the world on December 31, because this was the day he died in 335. Today, many countries around the world, and not just France, refer to New Year’s Eve as Silvester, or a similar name in tribute of the ancient pope. For example, in Germany, Christian households traditionally celebrate Saint Sylvester’s Day by melting Silvesterblei (Silvester lead) in a spoon and dropping it into cold water, then divining the year ahead based on the shape of the cooled metal. In Switzerland, men dress as Silvesterklaus and ring large bells to welcome in the new year. 

In France, la Saint Sylvestre is celebrated with friends, good food, champagne, and firecrackers or noisemakers. But there is one more tradition that is often reserved for this special day: le baiser sous le gui (kissing under the mistletoe). Unlike in some Anglophone cultures, where kissing under the mistletoe is a Christmas tradition, this ancient ritual is reserved for la Saint-Sylvestre in France. 

Bonne année!

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

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Dec 23

Festive Period Office Hours - 2018

Our Website and all the information you can find on it is open 24/7 of course but even we at Cle France take some time off over the festive Period.

Cle France UK offices will be closed from Monday 24th December 2018 until Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Emails, messages and requests will be dealt with quickly on our return on Wednesday 2nd of January 2019.

Wishing everyone a Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année.

Merry Christmas

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Dec 21

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année - Merry Christmas to all

Best wishes to everyone from all of us here at Cle France, we wish everyone 'Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année'....

We are open 24/7 on-line so keep enjoying all the beautiful French property for sale and all our information about buying a house in France as usual on the website, but we may take a few days to get back to you if you send in any questions / requests over the Christmas period as we too will be enjoying the festive period with our feet up!

Merry Christmas

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Dec 11

You Have Got to Love a Christmas Market

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Learn more about Christmas markets in France like the one pictured above in Strasbourg.

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