Like the other ten countries in "Euroland", the New Year will bring France a new currency to grapple with.
For the first three years, the Euro will only exist as a number on credit cards slips or checks.
Euro coins and bank notes won't be released until 2002.
But the prospect of a new and unfamiliar currency is still daunting to most French people.
In response, France's finance ministry has launched a huge advertising campaign to inform people how the Euro will work and what its effects will be on their everyday lives.
UPSOUND: "Imagine what 300 million of men and women will be able to build all together when they express wishes in the same currency"
SUBTITLE: "The Euro make people strong"
The government, banks and businesses have three years to prepare the population for the introduction of Euro coins and notes.
During that period, people will be allowed to pay their purchase either in French francs or in Euros.
In Paris, some shopkeepers have already started to show prices in Euros.
In this market, on the Rue de la Convention, a butcher explains her decision to pre- empt the official introduction rate -- for her own benefit as much as for her customers.
"It's rather complicated, because for us it represents a big gap in terms of prices. For example, a 80-franc product becomes a 12 euro-one. We have to get used to it. It makes a big difference. People have the feeling it's not so much money any longer. That's the main problem"
SUPERCAPTION: Laurence Miolane, butcher
Economists say the Euro shouldn't be hard for people to get their heads around.
It's more a question of retraining them to handle a different currency - much as they had to when the old franc was replaced by the current one.
'If we spend the next three years giving the consumers a new scale of values, a new confidence, a way to get used to the euro, I think we'll win. I insist on this point - money, on a daily basis, is not a thing which you manage with your head. It is managed in terms of reflexes or sensitivity. By the way, we used to say 'palper du fric' or 'toucher du pognon'. That's what we have to do. It's not a matter of launching an intellectual operation, but really a physical one to give the consumers new reflexes.
SUPERCAPTION: Dominique de Gramont, Economist
It's this familiarisation the government are aiming at with their advertising blitz.
In the real estate field, professionals feel confident.
A common currency will serve to emphasis the price difference between products, which in many cases will be to France's advantage.
Next to British property prices, for example, even Parisian real estate looks cheap.
"'What will be very interesting with the Euro is that we'll see if the common currency will bring more foreign clients on the Paris market. That's what I think, in my view. Because English people already invest a lot in North of France or in Normandy.
SUPERCAPTION: Arnaud Ferey, administrator of Isambert real-estate company
Not all companies will benefit from the introduction of Euro.
Exchange bureaus, for example, will see a huge dip in the profits made from exchange rate transactions.
Other sources of profit will have to be created in order to make up for these losses.
"In the long run, yes, it is going to actually have some effect, for sure. So when the currency is there, people who are changing in Germany don't change in France. So it is going to have, we anticipate it's going to affect about 40 percent of the business."
SUPERCAPTION: Rosalind Fuller, Branch manager at Chequepoint
But unlike the new Euro market, it's only a game.
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