Banks and Banking

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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Bank Overdrafts in France

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Bank Overdrafts in France

  Bank overdrafts in France are called “découvert”. An authorised bank overdraft is called a “découvert autorisé”. Overdrafts in France are generally frowned upon unless they are authorised by the bank beforehand. If you go overdrawn without authorisation the bank may refuse to honour the payment. Some banks will be a little more lenient depending […]

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ATM machines and cash dispensers in France

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ATM machines and cash dispensers in France

ATMs are plentiful in France where they are known as DABs or distributeur automatique de billet. Do be careful though that if you are staying in a small village or rural area an ATM machine may not be that close to hand. Make sure that you know the limit for cash withdrawals from your account […]

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French Bank Cheques

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French Bank Cheques

French cheques or checks – all the facts you need to know. Unlike other countries where they may be being phased out, cheques are widely used in France. French cheques clear quickly – usually the day they are presented or the day after; even if you back date a cheque it will be cleared when […]

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How to open a French Bank Account

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How to open a French Bank Account

  If you want to open a French bank account in France you’ll probably find its not that different from opening a bank account in your own country. Some French banks have staff who speak English, some French banks offer a complete English speaking service such as Credit Agricole’s Britline service (available to residents in […]

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How to write a cheque in France

Written by on December 30, 2011 in Banks and Banking
How to write a cheque in France

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 […]

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French Banks

Written by on December 8, 2011 in Banks and Banking
French Banks

Theoretically it is possible to live in France without an account in any of the French banks that will offer a service to resident or non resident foreigners. Indeed, we know a couple who have had a second home in France for 10 years and they have managed without one, by paying all their bills […]

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