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I know Académie Française covers orthography beyond just how to spell words.

I also know Académie Française encompasses differences between the various French-using countries.

I'm interested to know if Académie Française clarifies how to format references to amounts of money, including:

  • Whether the currency symbol is to the left or right of the price
  • Whether using a symbol such as $, £, means a different format to using USD, EUR, CHF
  • Which symbol to use as thousands separator
  • Which symbol to use as decimal point
  • Whether different French-using countries differ on any of these points
  • Whether the rules also cover the formatting of foreign currencies

There is an article on Wikipedia which lists in a table:

€  Language    Euro sign usage

   French      6,28 €       

But I want to know what the Academy has to say.

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Here are some answers:

Whether the currency symbol is to the left or right of the price

AFAIK, the currency symbol is to the right side of the price: 123 €

Which symbol to use as thousands separator

Use a thin space for number with more than 3 digit long (i.e. 1 000 €, 10 000 €)

Which symbol to use as decimal point

ALWAYS use a comma: 123,45 €

Whether the rules also cover the formatting of foreign currencies

This is valid for any currency and also for any unit: 12 345,67 kg

Reference Académie Française (especially §3)

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To complete @M42 answer, I'll add that we should use 1,23 € but use a lot 1€23 in France, to write it like we say it. In particular, the latter is used on many price tags.

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