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The EURO has replaced the French Franc as the official currency in France in 2002.
Euro exchange rate: 100 francs are the equivalent of 15 euros 24 euro cents (fixed rate of 6.55957 francs for 1 euro).
Obverse: Self-portrait by Eugene Delacroix with his palette and brushes at the foreground, detail of the Delacroix painting Liberty Leading the People - "La Liberté Guidant le Peuple" (1830), Louvre,Paris.

Reverse: the same self-portrait Delacroix holding a quill pen and writing his famous diary. In the background - The place de Furstenberg is famous as one of the most charming squares in Paris, where Delacroix worked and lived at 6 Rue de Furstenberg while he was commissioned to paint murals for nearby St. Sulpice. This was the painter's last apartment.

Watermark: Portrait of Eugène Delacroix.
The dominant colors are brown and orange.
Its dimensions are 160 mm x 85 mm.
Printed by Banque de France from 1978 to 1995.
The banknote was designed by Lucien Fontanarosa and was engraved by Henri Renaud, Jacques and Jacques Combet Jubert.

The 100 French francs Delacroix created by the Banque de France March 24, 1978 and issued on 2 August 1979. This bill replaces the 100 francs bank note Corneille  and will be replaced by the  100 francs Cézanne.

This note printed polychrome intaglio belongs to the second major series of "famous scientists and artists" commissioned by the Banque de France and which include Berlioz, Debussy, Quentin de La Tour, Pascal and Montesquieu.

It was the first French note to be produced with embossed marks (rectangles and points), in order to thwart counterfeiting and enable the blind to read.

The 100 francs Delacroix series, gradually being withdrawn from circulation from 1 February 1999 and ceased to be legal tender from 31 January 2009: after this date 100 francs Delacroix can no longer be exchanged against the euro.

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Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix
Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798 – 13 August 1863) was a French Romantic artist regarded from the outset of his career as the leader of the French Romantic school. Delacroix's use of expressive brushstrokes and his study of the optical effects of colour profoundly shaped the work of the Impressionists, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the Symbolist movement. A fine lithographer, Delacroix illustrated various works of William Shakespeare, the Scottish writer Walter Scott and the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
In contrast to the Neoclassical perfectionism of his chief rival Ingres, Delacroix took for his inspiration the art of Rubens and painters of the Venetian Renaissance, with an attendant emphasis on colour and movement rather than clarity of outline and carefully modelled form. Dramatic and romantic content characterized the central themes of his maturity, and led him not to the classical models of Greek and Roman art, but to travel in North Africa, in search of the exotic. Friend and spiritual heir to Théodore Géricault, Delacroix was also inspired by Lord Byron, with whom he shared a strong identification with the "forces of the sublime", of nature in often violent action.
However, Delacroix was given to neither sentimentality nor bombast, and his Romanticism was that of an individualist. In the words of Baudelaire, "Delacroix was passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible."

Liberty Leading the People
Liberty Leading the People (French: La Liberté guidant le peuple) is a painting by Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France. A woman personifying Liberty leads the people forward over the bodies of the fallen, holding the flag of the French Revolution – the tricolor flag which is still France's flag today – in one hand and brandishing a bayonetted musket with the other. The figure of Liberty is also viewed as a symbol of France and the French Republic known as Marianne.