plaque

11:40 Dec 8, 2016
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Bus/Financial - Finance (general)
French term or phrase: plaque
"ils sont up 28 plaques so far" - This is a conversation between two traders on the financial markets - plaque would appear to be some sort of measurement/value.

Any ideas gratefully received!
Stephen Emm
Local time: 04:21

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Lost in conversion
Nikki Scott-Despaigne

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These terms pre-date the euro and go back to the 'ancien franc', pre-devaluation.
They are not easy to translate.

You find young people saying "balle" for euro: tu peux me filer 5 balles = can you gimme 5 euros?
But when you get to the "plaque", which was 10 000 francs, a thousand quid when I first lived in France when I was 19, a long time ago!

http://lightman.typepad.com/sebastienpissavy/2006/07/leuro_r...

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Note added at 36 mins (2016-12-08 12:17:11 GMT)
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Someone has actually taken the trouble to do the maths, which gives you an idea of the uncomfortable conversion for the slang!

http://ptutoy.over-blog.net/article-un-patron-vaut-il-une-pl...

"Le 1er janvier 1960, le nouveau franc français remplaça l'ancien franc. Dès 1963, l'expression « nouveau franc » laissa la place à « franc ». Deux (nouveaux) francs équivalaient à deux cents (anciens) francs ; exemple : un produit à 272 (anciens) francs revenait à 2,72 (nouveaux) francs, soit 2 francs et 72 centimes. Depuis le 17 février 2002, l'euro remplace le franc français. Un euro équivaut à 6,55957 francs français.

Des termes populaires désignaient ainsi le franc :
- 1 balle = 1 franc (0,15 euro) ; 100 balles = 100 francs (15,24 euros),
- 1 sac = 10 francs (1,52 euros) ; 10 sacs = 100 francs (15,24 euros),
- 1 brique ou 1 bâton ou 1 plaque = 10.000 francs (1.524,49 euros)."




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Note added at 38 mins (2016-12-08 12:18:31 GMT)
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28 x 1.524,49 = 42.685,72 euros!

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Note added at 43 mins (2016-12-08 12:23:58 GMT)
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The answer depends entirely on how it is used with reference to euros. Calculations are fun but futile here of course!
I'm not certain that there is a usage which enables "une plaque" in francs (10K) to be transposed into 10 thousand euros. It may be the case. It's slang so depends on usage.

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Note added at 46 mins (2016-12-08 12:26:53 GMT)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GbsR8DJOnk

Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 154

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agree  ph-b: esp with your last comment but it seems to me (from what I hear) that when it comes to slang, people don't worry about the difference in value between euro and francs, i.e. 1 euro= 1 franc. If only...
15 mins
agree  Tony M
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