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Nero, your customs agent, has your passport.

Nero the Mint Police Dog is your customs agent.  He has your passport.
A passport is a little book that the government gives you
to prove that you're a citizen.  Bring it whenever you visit
a foreign country to show what country you're from.

The Exchange-o-meter changes money from dollars to francs and euros.
All French coin images are provided courtesy of the Mint of France,
www.monnaiedeparis.com

Twelve European nations started using the same currency in
January 2002:  the euro.  The euro symbolizes the unity of those nations
but still lets them keep their national identities.  As with our 50 state quarters,
one side of each coin is the same, but on the other side, each country
expresses its special culture and history, as its own coins did for centuries.

During our "Coins of the World" tour, you'll see the francs and centimes
that have jingled in French pockets for hundreds of years, and also the
French euro designs that draw from these same rich symbols, legends,
and images—France's "little round stories."

You'll have one hundred dollars to spend as your travel allowance.
On this day, the Exchange-O-Meter says your 100 dollars is worth
111 euros or 725 French francs.  The rates can change
from day to day.

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