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France Issues Last Franc Bill

December 3, 1997

PARIS (AP) _ Paul Cezanne graces France’s new 100-franc bill _ the last new French bill before euro bills are expected to replace the country’s currency in 2002.

Cezanne replaces the more traditional Eugene Delacroix, who was on the old 100-franc bill with his painting depicting the French Revolution and its topless symbol Marianne. Officials said Cezanne was chosen because he represented the beginning of the modern age.

The bill, cut smaller than existing 100-franc notes to fit more easily into wallets, goes into circulation Dec. 15, Bank of France chief Jean-Claude Trichet said Wednesday.

The orange, yellow, brown and green bill _ worth about $17 _ contains a picture of the balding Cezanne, his still-life ``Apples and Biscuits,″ and a partial image of his painting ``The Card Players.″

The euro, whose creation is planned for 1999, is expected to enter circulation in 2002.

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