How to fill out a check

French cheques may be different from those you are used to in your own country, to help you here’s a quick guide to how to write a cheque in France correctly.

Cheques clear quickly in France, usually the day they are presented or the day after. It is illegal to back date a cheque or to make it as a payment when you have insufficient funds in your account to cover it. Cheques are treated as cash under French law.  We have more information here on cheques in France and here on cashier’s checks/bankers cheques/drafts.

How do I write a cheque in France:

Always write your French bank cheque in the French language – sounds obvious but it can be easy to forget.

Payer contre ce chèque

This translates as – pay against this cheque.  You need to input the amount in words in the space following the above wording.  There are some spellings below to help you with this.

When writing or reading French  numbers, it is important to know the placement of points and commas.

A point (full stop) marks the thousands, while a comma (virgule) separates the cents: one thousand Euro is written €1.000,00 (mille euros)

A comma marks the fractions in a percentage: fifty-two point six percent is written 52,6% (cinquante deux virgule six pourcent)

A – Underneath the above words you’ll see a lone A – this means to i.e. the payee.  Write in the name of the person/company you are making the cheque out to.

On the left hand side:

€ – Write the amount in numbers in the Euro box.

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Fait à or A – This mean the place where you wrote the cheque.

Le – The date.

Signature – Sign your cheque and hand it over.

Useful vocabulary – French numbers in words

Number French Spelling Pronunciation
zéro zay-roh
1 un ahn
2 deux duhr
3 trois twah
4 quatre katr
5 cinq sank
6 six seese
7 sept set
8 huit wheet
9 neuf nurf
10 dix deese
11 Onze onz
12 douze dooz
13 treize trez
14 quatorze kah-tohrz
15 quinze cans
16 seize sez
17 dix-sept deese-set
18 dix-huit dees-wheet
19 dix-neuf dees-nurf
20 vingt vahn
21 vingt et un vahn-tay-ahn
30 trente trawnt
31 trente et un trawnt-tay-ahn
40 quarante kuh-rawnt
41 quarante et un kuh-rawnt-tay-ahn
50 cinquante sank-awnt
51 cinquante et un sank-awnt-tay-ahn
60 soixante swah-sawnt
61 soixante et un swah-sawnt-tay-ahn
70 soixante-dix swah-sawnt-deese
71 soixante et onze swah-sawnt-tay-uhn
80 quatre-vingts ka-truh-vahn
81 quatre-vinght-un ka-truh-vahn-tay-ahn
90 quatre-vingt-dix ka-truh-vahn-deese
91 quatre-vingt-onze ka-truh-vahn-onz
100 cent sawnt
101 cent un
110 cent dix
111 cent onze
175 cent soixante quinze
200 deux cents
225 deux cents vingt-cinq
1,000 mille
10,000 dix mille
100,000 cent mille
1,000,000 un million
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