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Stamped Euro Banknotes Asking for France's Interior Minister to Resign

Started by Bimat, December 05, 2013, 03:17:49 PM

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04/12/2013 / FRANCE

Calls for France's Interior Minister to resign printed on banknotes

'Manuel Valls resign!' That's the blunt message currently making the rounds in France – in the form of three banknotes.

The very same strategy was used in Spain only a few weeks ago, where messages appeared targeting the government's strict policy of austerity. The ruse then quickly found its way to Tunisia, where the slogan 'Clear off Ennahda!' suddenly started appearing on both banknotes and coins.

In France, the website Collectif des Innovations/illuminations Politiques [Collective of Innovations/Political illuminations] posted the first photos of the banknotes that were marked using stamps studded with red ink. Contacted by FRANCE 24, Matjules, the founder of the group, explains that the idea came from the political messages engraved on Euros circulating in Spain: "It's both thumbing one's nose at the current banking system, whilst also a way of showing that we won't forget what Manuel Valls said about the Roma people, nor the police violence used against the DAL [DAL stands for 'Droit au logement', or 'Right to housing'. The events referred to happened in October 2013]".

To those who say it's damaging public goods, Matjules reckons that there's no problem so long as the banknote remains usable: "We're not doing what Serge Gainsbourg did, when he destroyed a banknote by burning it."

So, is it an offence to destroy or even alter a banknote? In fact, the law punishing such acts was repealed back in 1994. According to the specialist blogger on banking rights, Aurelien Aucher, destroying or damaging a banknote is not illegal, because the note's rightful owner is its bearer.

For all that, it's not sure if these banknotes have been circulating for a long time. According to some online users, banks tend to withdraw them from circulation as soon as they're damaged.

Source: Observer
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. -J. K. Rowling.

chrisild

Big deal. ;)  No, it is not illegal to destroy, alter or deface your own money. However, notes with political messages may be less likely to have a long life ...

Christian

Figleaf

It's not going to have much of an impact in France. While the international political community booed, the measure had wide support among the population. There are perfectly good reasons for that and they are not necessarily racist.

However, as a technique, it is interesting. It could face an unstable dictatorship with the choice between tolerating circulating counter-propaganda or disrupting the supply of cash. Either would undermine its legitimacy. The mere fact that the technique was used before is an indication of its potential.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Ukrainii Pyat

Have seen some pro and anti Tymoshenko, and now Yanukovych slogans on Hryven notes.  Who say politics and money are inseparable?
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