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Jul 28

Great News - No need to Quarantine anymore

No need to Quarantine anymore.

The Great News is that from Monday at 4am there will be no need for a quarantine period when travelling to and from EU countries and the USA (for those of you that are double vaxxed).

So for everyone that has been frustrated by not being able to travel to view properties, the final obstacle is about to be removed.

We have thousands of properties for sale to suit all budgets so make your enquiries and book your viewings with us soon.

Below is a more detailed statement released by Sky News today.

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Travel Restrictions Lifted

COVID-19: Fully vaccinated travellers from amber list EU and US countries won't have to quarantine on arrival in England from Monday
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier on Wednesday that he wants American citizens to be able to come to Britain "freely" as they did before the pandemic.

Fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and the US will not have to quarantine when arriving in England from an amber list country, the government has confirmed.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the change regarding US and EU arrivals will come into force from 4am on 2 August.

Applicable passengers must have received two jabs with vaccines authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or in the US with vaccines authorised by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

They will still be required to complete a pre-departure test before arriving in England alongside a PCR test on or before day two after they have landed.

Mr Shapps also announced the resumption of international cruises.

The announcement came after a COVID Operations meeting, which was attended by senior cabinet ministers.

The Department for Transport confirmed separate rules will continue to apply for those arriving from France and that the measures announced on Wednesday "will be kept under review and be guided by the latest data".

They also reiterated that while some restrictions remain in place, travellers "should expect their experience to be different and may face longer wait times than they are used to".

Earlier on Wednesday, deputy leader of the Labour Party described the then-proposed policy as "reckless".

But Mr Shapps said the rule change is "progress we can all enjoy".

"We're helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends in the UK," the transport secretary said in a post on social media.

"From 2nd August at 4am people from these countries will be able to come to the England from an amber country without having to quarantine if they're fully vaxxed.

"The changes will apply to fully vaxxed people with an FDA or EMA vaccine - they'll still need to do the usual pre-departure test before arrival and take a PCR test on day 2 of returning to the England.

"We're also able to confirm the restart of international cruises and flexible testing programmes to help key workers and drive our economic recovery. Whether you're a family or a business, this is progress we can all enjoy."

Health Secretary Sajid Javid added that the quarantine rule change will "give UK businesses a boost".

"Our vaccination programme is building a wall of defence against this virus so we can safely enjoy our freedoms again, with 7 in 10 adults in the UK now double jabbed," he said.

"By reopening quarantine-free travel for travellers who have been fully vaccinated in European countries and the USA, we're taking another step on the road to normality which will reunite friends and families and give UK businesses a boost."

Currently, those arriving in the UK from amber list locations - which includes the US and much of the EU - must have had both doses of a coronavirus jab as part of the UK's own vaccination programme to avoid the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days.

The government had previously committed to a review of international travel rules by the end of this month.

Ministers said a recent 10-day pilot scheme proved that the COVID vaccination status of travellers from amber list countries could be efficiently and accurately checked away from the border.

The latest quarantine rule change comes as the government was facing mounting pressure from the aviation industry to exempt double-jabbed American and European travellers.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye described the move as "the right decision".

"The government has made the right decision to safely further reopen international travel. We will now work with colleagues in the industry to boost UK trade, reunite family and friends, and generate billions in new tourist income," he said.

But Ms Rayner said she was "very concerned" at the prospect of easing quarantine restrictions for more travellers. said she was "very concerned" at the prospect of easing quarantine restrictions for more travellers.

"We know that the Delta variant came into this country and delayed the lifting of some of the restrictions and caused infections here," she told Kay Burley on Sky News.

"We need to make sure that we have got a proper data-driven analysis and that we look at an international passport for vaccines.

"And we also know that people who have had the vaccine of course can still get the virus so a testing regime is very important and crucial as well.

"So I am very concerned about the government's announcement via the press this morning."

Under the pilot scheme held by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Heathrow Airport, around 250 fully-vaccinated passengers on selected flights from New York, Los Angeles, Jamaica and Athens earlier this month presented their COVID status using paper or digital formats before boarding a plane.

Some 99% of their documents were verified as authentic, with just two passengers' credentials rejected.

In one case there was a discrepancy between the name on their vaccine card and the name on their passport, while another involved someone who had been fully-vaccinated less than 14 days before travel.

Blog submitted by: Sharon Evans - Co-Founder of Cle France.

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Jul 28

Pound Sterling jumps to 2 week high

The Pound has reasserted its relative strength this week.

Against the Euro and the Dollar, GBP now sits at 2-week highs.

The removal of Covid restrictions has flipped from a negative to a positive catalyst as receding new cases have provided support for the Pound.

With a slim economic calendar this week, we expect currency markets to focus on the spread of the delta variant.

It’s worth noting that sometimes you get surprising moves during lightly traded markets.

If you have upcoming currency requirements, it’s best to have a plan in place so you’re ready to take advantage of any opportunities.

To discuss current rates and future guidance, please reach out to the Key Currency trading team on 01872 487 500.

Or to find out our latest exchange rates, click on the link below.

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

Current rates: 

Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 09:25

£1.00 GBP = 1.1750 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.3869 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.8877 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.9970 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7450 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 20.5387 ZAR

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Jul 14

Pound Hits 3 Month High

The focus of currency markets remains firmly on the economic recovery.

Some countries (and currencies) are doing better than others.

The UK remains in a stronger position than most right now. With the majority of the adult population vaccinated, it’s full steam ahead (fingers crossed).

Sterling continues to trend upwards against the Euro.

The GBP/EUR rate is sitting at 3-month highs. Recent news would suggest this is more a case of Euro weakness than Sterling strength.

Against the US Dollar, the trend is less pronounced. The US Dollar has been making a bit of a comeback against most of the other major currencies. Overall, GBP/USD looks to be weakening.

Of course, these are far from normal times. There is plenty that could change in the weeks ahead.

Get ahead of the game.

For those with currency requirements, it’s best to have a plan so you can make the most of opportunities as they arise.

Our team can guide you on up-to-the-minute market trends and the best rates available.

To speak to a currency expert, call 01872 487 500.

Or click below to find out our latest rates.

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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 14th July 2021 at 10:00

£1.00 GBP = 1.1750 EURO

£1.00 GBP = 1.3846 USD

£1.00 GBP = 1.8610 AUD

£1.00 GBP = 1.9767 NZD

£1.00 GBP = 1.7328 CAD

£1.00 GBP = 20.4149 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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Jul 14

Happy Bastille Day

We at Cle France are still working ergh! but... Happy Bastille Day to everyone!

Happy Bastille day from Cle France

What do people do on Bastille day?

Many people attend large-scale public celebrations. These often include:

Military and civilian parades.

Musical performances.

Communal meals.

Dances.

Balls.

Spectacular fireworks displays.

There is a large military parade in Paris in the morning of July 14. Service men and women from various units, including cadets from military schools, the French Navy and the French Foreign Legion, participate in the parade. The parade ends with the Paris Fire Brigade. Military aircraft fly over the parade route during the parade. The French president opens the parade and reviews the troops and thousands of people line the route. Other people spend the day quietly and eat a celebratory meal or picnic with family and close friends.

Some Helpful french phrases.

Cette semaine on fête le 14 juillet ou la fête nationale or Bastille Day as it’s known in English speaking countries. Le 14 juillet is something like la version française (the French version) of the fourth of July.

Pendant le 14 juillet there are a few big celebrations: le défilé militaire (the military parade) during the day and then at night les spectacle de feux d’artifice (the fireworks shows). However, cette semaine (this week) I learned something about les feux d’artifice that I didn’t know before.

Au 13 juillet, while at home I suddenly heard the loud bangs des feux d’artifice going off in the distance. I thought I’d missed le spectacle!

It turns out that les spectacles de feux d’artifice are spread out over a few days. Smaller towns have their spectacles earlier so that everyone is sure to come to the bigger cities during la fête nationale.

One other way to fêter (celebrate) is, bien sûr, to have a good time avec tes amis (with your friends). Just be careful, if you have too much fun you might wake up the next day with la gueule de bois (a hangover)!

Voici un petit vocabulaire de feux d’artifice :

Black snakePharaoh’s serpent le serpent du pharaon

Bottle - rocket la fusée

Firecrackerle pétard

Fireworkle feu d’artifice

Fireworks showle spectacle de feux d’artifice

Fountainla fontaine

Roman candlela chandelle romaine

Sparkler - le cierge magique

Public life

Bastille Day is a public holiday in France so post offices, banks, and many businesses are closed. Restaurants and cafes outside of tourist areas may also be closed. However, bakeries and some stores in Paris, as well as at airports and railway stations and along major highways, are open.

Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel. Roads in the centres of villages, towns and cities (particularly in Paris) may be closed for parades and other large public events.

Background

The Bastille is a medieval fortress and prison in Paris. Many people in France associated it with the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy in the late 1700s. On July 14, 1789, troops stormed the Bastille. This was a pivotal event at the beginning of the French Revolution. Fête de la Fédération was held on July 14, 1790. This was a way to celebrate the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in France.

Official celebrations were held in Paris on June 30, 1878, to honour the Republic of France. On July 14, 1879, more official celebrations were held. These included a military review in Longchamp near Paris and celebrations all over the country. A politician named Benjamin Raspail proposed that July 14 should become a holiday in France in 1880. The law was enacted on July 6, 1880. Bastille Day was a public holiday for the first time on July 14, 1880.

The military parade in Paris has been held every year since 1880, except during World War II. The Free French Forces paraded on this date in London, England from 1940 until 1944. Jean Michel Jarre held a concert in Paris that attracted one million people, then the largest recorded crowd at an outdoor concert, in 1979. Special celebrations were held for the 200th anniversary of the French revolution in 1989. The French football team became world champions on July 12, 1998. This sparked celebrations throughout France on Bastille Day.

Bastille Day celebrations are held in French communities and the Institut de France around the world. Such events in the United States are held in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle. There are festivals of French culture in Franschhoek, South Africa, and Hungary.

Symbols

The Eiffel Tower in Paris and the French national flag, or tricolour, are important symbols of Bastille Day. The French national flag is one-and-a-half times as wide as it is tall. It consists of three vertical bands of equal width coloured blue, white and red. The same colours are displayed in bunting and banners of many shapes on Bastille Day. People may also wear clothing or face paint in these colours.

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Jul 13

Bastille Day - Marianne

July 14th (le 14 Juillet), Bastille Day, is the French national holiday commemorating the start of the French revolution in 1789. The end of the French revolution led to a series of Republics, one of the symbols of which is la Marianne.

Named for the two most common woman’s names at the time, Marie and Anne, Marianne is a national symbol of France representing liberty and the importance of reason. Her image appears on stamps, on government documents, and a bust of her appears in les mairies (the town / city halls) of France.

Early images of Marianne were based on anonymous models, however since 1969 they have been based on the features of famous woman including Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, the model Inès de La Fressange, and more.

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