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PSG-Barca tickets on sale for €1,400

A number of Internet sites have been offering tickets for Tuesday's eagerly awaited Champions League quarter-final clash between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona for more than €1,000.

PSG-Barca tickets on sale for €1,400
Two PSG fans show off tickets to Tuesday night's Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona in Paris. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP

The French capital's premier club has said that it had received between 700,000 and one million requests for tickets for the last-eight first leg tie at the Parc des Princes, which has a capacity of just 45,000.

As club switchboards and the ticket office went into meltdown, touts stepped in, selling black-market tickets for hundreds of euros in the vicinity of the ground.

But astronomical sums have also been recorded on Internet ticket sites.

On viagogo.com, a resale site with which PSG has a partnership, seats were on sale for between €195 and €1,200 while on the auction site eBay, the asking price ranged from €150 to €1,400.

When the club put tickets on sale to the general public, the cheapest seats were €50 and the most expensive €350.

The club's deputy director-general Frederic Longuepee had previously told Le Parisien newspaper that it was possible to cancel tickets acquired on the black market.

"They've got a number, which allows us to deactive them if it's proven that they were sold fraudulently," he said.

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Timbre fiscal: Everything you need to know about France’s finance stamps

If you're doing a French admin task, you might be asked to provide a 'timbre fiscale' - here's what these are and how to get them.

Timbre fiscal: Everything you need to know about France's finance stamps

In France, you can buy  a very particular kind of stamp to cover the cost of a titre de séjour, or French passport, to pay your taxes, get an ID card if you’re eligible, or pay for your driving licence.

Basically a timbre fiscale is a way of paying a fee to the government, and some online processes – such as the tax offices – now have the more modern method of a bank transfer or card payment.

However there are plenty of official tasks that still demand a timbre fiscale.

In the pre-internet days, this was a way of sending money safely and securely to the government and involved an actual physical stamp – you bought stamps to the value of the money you owned, stuck them onto a card and posted them to government office.

They could be used for anything from paying your taxes to fees for administrative processes like getting a new passport or residency card.

These days the stamps are digital. You will receive, instead, either a pdf document with a QR code that can be scanned from a phone or tablet, or an SMS with a unique 16-digit figure. Both will be accepted by the agency you are dealing with.

Once you have the code you need, you can add this to any online process that requires timbre fiscaux (the plural) and that will complete your dossier.

You can buy them from a properly equipped tabac, at your nearest trésorerie, or online

Paper stamps remain available in France’s overseas départements, but have been gradually phased out in mainland France.

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