I don't know French, and just need to write this amount in French: 129,29 Euros

How can this value be represented with words?

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    Answer here : cent vingt-neuf virgule vingt-neuf. Type whatever figure you need in the box and it will be translated into letters. That is how you say it, but if you write it as an amount on a cheque you replace "virgule" by "et" and you have to write euros and centimes (or cents, both are allowed). Cent vingt-neuf euros et vingt-neuf centimes.
    – None
    Apr 21, 2014 at 6:31
  • @Laure Les deux sont admis, mais centime est recommandé en langage courant (par le JO, cette fois ;) ). culture.gouv.fr/culture/dglf/cogeter/2-12-97-euro.htm
    – user3595
    Jul 8, 2014 at 13:15

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The value 129,29 € may be pronounced/written “cent vingt-neuf virgule vingt-neuf euros”, however for a money amount (especially on a check) you usually split the monetary unit (euro) from its subdivision (cent, “centime” in French) in the phrasing:

cent vingt-neuf euros et vingt-neuf centimes

(“cents” instead of “centimes” will also be completely understood/accepted.)

You can use this service on lefigaro.fr to obtain the wording of any number.

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    I disagree with cents, I very rarely heard it. And it can also be ambiguous: 800,08 € gives huit cent euros et huit cents. With centimes it's easier to understand.
    – A.L
    Apr 21, 2014 at 22:21
  • Sure, centimes is more correct strictly speaking, and cents is indeed rarer, but I saw it several times on checks (perhaps used as a shorthand) and it never annoyed anyone. Obviously for somewhat ambiguous cases it's even more useful to stick to centimes.
    – Socce
    Apr 22, 2014 at 8:46
  • "cent" is the international naming. "centime" is the official naming in France. fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centime_%28euro%29
    – Xaruth
    Apr 22, 2014 at 9:51
  • I don't know about quebec and the bilingual culture, but i've never heard or read any french using cents instead of centime. I don't think it's a good advice to pronounce or write "virgule" for a money ammount
    – goto
    Apr 22, 2014 at 10:35
  • If you write that amount for a Belgian recipient, you should use "cents" as "centimes" has disappeared with the Belgian franc. Apr 24, 2014 at 15:25

When it is for cheque writings, "cents" is not required to be writed in letters.

You can write 129,29 € in the numeric part and

Cent vingt-neuf euros et 29 cents in the alpha part.

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