A silver coin of France, and since 1795 the unit of the French monetary system. It has been adopted by Belgium and Swizerland. In 1913 it was equivalent to about nineteen cents American, or ten pence British, and is divided into 100 centimes.
the basic monetary unit in many countries; equal to 100 centimes
a fully convertible currency supported by the French treasury, which ensures a fixed rate of exchange
a regional currency under the control of the Bank of Central African States (Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale
Zone Collection of thirteen francophone African countries whose currency is based on the French franc.
The franc is the name of several currency units, most notably the French franc, the currency of France until it adopted the euro in 2002; and the Swiss franc, still a major world currency today due to the prominence of Swiss financial institutions. The name is said to derive from the Latin inscription francorum rex ("King of the Franks") on early French coins, or from the French franc, meaning "free" (and "frank").