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100 centimes = 1 Franc
All previous issued stamps of France were valid till 1914. This means that older issues can be found used very late, and even reprints are known to be used postally.
These stamps were the first stamps issued in France (1849). They were replaced by stamps with the picture of Napoleon III in 1852. However, in 1870 a similar type was re-issued in Bordeaux (due to the French-German war) and later in the whole of France (1871). Finally, it was replaced by stamps of the so-called 'Sage' type.
Ceres type, forgeries
These stamps were first issued with inscription 'REPUB FRANC', later this was replaced by 'EMPIRE FRANCAIS'.
Forgeries of the Napoleon III stamps
Example of the period 1876:
(Example of a so-called 'Sage' stamp)
(Examples, a so-called 'Mouchon', 'Blanc' and 'Merson' stamp)
(Example, a so-called 'Semeuse' or 'Sower' stamp)
Later stamps often have the inscription 'REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE', 'FRANCE' or simply 'RF'.
Later issues, example:
('Pasteur' 1923 issue)
(1932 'Peace' issue)
Postal forgery of a 50 c 'Peace' issue
(1938 'Mercure' issue)
(1945 'Marianne of Gandon')
Some stamps that sometimes puzzle collectors have been issued for the occupied French territories in Germany after 1945, they have the inscription 'ZONE FRANCAISE BRIEFPOST', examples:
Stamps in the following design with inscription 'POSTES' were issued in Alsace.
The most famous French catalogue is 'Yvert et Tellier'.
'Les faux de France (Tome I)' by Dusserre-Telmon (in French): this book seems to deal with French forgeries (I haven't been able to see this book myself).
http://www.chez.com/memorial/ani.html, a must for the serious France collector (the website is in French). Contains tons of information on pre-philatelic cancels, stamps etc. etc; highly recommended!
I've included information about forgeries of French stamps, information can be found in the following files:
Forgeries of the Ceres type (1849-1875)
Forgeries of the Napoleon III issues
Cérès: First stamps of France
Grille: Special cancel found on first stamps of France
Empire: Stamps with Napoleon III
(Example of a 'Millesime')
Millesime: gutter pair or two stamps joined together with a small white space in between, (always?) with a number on this small strip of paper
Semeuse: Sower (many stamps of 1903 and onwards have this design)
Siège de Paris (some stamps issued in 1871 in the Ceres design)
Taxe: Postage due