Banks and Banking

Banking In France | Accounts Explained

Written by on November 7, 2016 in Banks and Banking
Banking In France | Accounts Explained

When it comes to banking in France, as an expat, things might be a little different from what you’re used to back home. We ask the experts to explain some of the most common terms and facts about French bank accounts. French Savings Accounts An instant access savings account is called a “Compte sur Livret”. […]

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Banking in France | Share Dealing

Written by on June 2, 2016 in Banks and Banking, Financial
Banking in France | Share Dealing

In France, you can hold a share dealing account at your bank, with a stockbroker, or on the internet. The normal safe custody account is called a “Compte Titres”. A share is an “action” and a Government or Corporate Bond is an “obligation”. Most people deal in shares through a specific form of investment called […]

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Five important things to know about banking in France

Written by on April 3, 2013 in Banks and Banking
Five important things to know about banking in France

  The answers to five common questions about banking in France: How do I write a cheque/check out in France? Always write it in French (it is surprisingly easy to forget) and remember that in France a full stop/point is used to mark the thousands, while a comma (virgule) separates the cents: one thousand Euros […]

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Five frequently asked questions about banking in France

Written by on April 3, 2013 in Banks and Banking
Five frequently asked questions about banking in France

We have all the answers you need to the most frequently asked questions about French banks and banking in France: Can I open a bank account in France if I don’t live there? If you own a holiday home in France but don’t live there or are intending to spend a long time in France […]

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Your French Bank Statement Explained

Written by on March 27, 2013 in Banks and Banking
Your French Bank Statement Explained

  Your French bank statement pops into your post box, you open it and find a raft of words, expressions and abbreviations that you’ve never come across before. Here is a list of common French bank words and French bank statement abbreviations that you are likely to find in your French bank statement or when […]

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Paying cash deposits into a French bank

Written by on March 27, 2013 in Banks and Banking
Paying cash deposits into a French bank

Paying cash into a French bank might be a little more difficult than you would think – or hope. Many banks in France are regionalised so if you want to make a cash deposit into a branch outside your home bank region, that branch may not have access to your account details even though it […]

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What is an RIB in France?

Written by on March 27, 2013 in Banks and Banking
What is an RIB in France?

  An RIB or Relevé d’Identité Bancaire is a French bank document which details the coordinates of your bank branch and account. When you live in France you’ll find it necessary to have an RIB for all sorts of things from setting up direct debits to paying utility bills or making cash deposits into your […]

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Cashiers Checks – Bankers Drafts in France

Written by on March 27, 2013 in Banks and Banking
Cashiers Checks – Bankers Drafts in France

  Cheques or Checks are called chèques in France. The equivalent of a Banker’s Draft is a chèque de banque and they are generally used for high value transactions, buying a car for instance. You could use them to purchase a house too, but generally this is done by doing a bank to bank electronic […]

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French Bank Complaints

Written by on March 26, 2013 in Banks and Banking with 0 Comments
French Bank Complaints

  What do you do if you have a complaint against your French bank? Details of what action to take and who to contact for French bank complaints. If you have a problem with your bank you must in the first instance contact them directly to try to resolve the problem. Of course this is […]

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French Bank Charges

Written by on March 26, 2013 in Banks and Banking with 0 Comments
French Bank Charges

Everything you need to know about French bank charges, you can’t avoid them completely but you can be aware of and manage them. By law French banks must make customers aware of the charges that are applied to their accounts at least once a year. Most banks will have details of charges on their websites […]

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