Banks in France

Banks in France The banking system of France is one of the most developed in the world.
French banks have a reputation of a reliable financial institutions not only in France, but also in the European Union. Large banks have a lot of representative offices and branches both in the country and abroad. Companies and individuals can open a checking and savings accounts, get a loans and send/receive funds via money transfers.

Top French Banks:

Credit Mutuel

credit mutuel

Credit Mutuel (fr. Crédit Mutuel) is a French cooperative bank. With about 80,000 employees serving more than 15 mln clients in 5,362 offices nationwide, the bank considered as one of the biggest in the country.

Societe Generale

Societe Generale

Founded in 1864, the Societe Generale Bank of France is the third largest bank in total assets and eighth ranked bank in Europe. The original name of the company was Société Générale pour favoriser le développement du commerce et de l’industrie en France or the English translation is the General Company to Support the Development of Commerce and Industry in France.

Credit Agricole

Credit Agricole

Crédit Agricole SA (CASA) is a central institution of the co-operative Crédit Agricole Group, one of France’s largest commercial banks. Among the main bank’s activities are credit cards, consumer banking, corporate banking, investment banking, mortgage loans, private banking, wealth management, asset management.

Credit du Nord

Credit du Nord

Crédit du Nord is the bank in France specialised on serving professionals and small businesses. Created as a result of the merger of 80 regional, family and local banks, it is now consists of eight regional banks and have more than 900 agencies.

Caisse d’Epargne

Caisse d'Epargne

Caisse d’Epargne is one of the major banks in France, member of the BPCE Group, operating through a network of 17 mutual savings banks. The bank’s subsidiaries are Natixis, Crédit foncier de France, Banque Palatine, OCÉOR, Nexity, Banque BCP.

Credit Lyonnais (LCL) Bank

Credit Lyonnais (LCL) Bank

Credit Lyonnais, also known as LCL since 2005, is a French bank with head office in Lyon. The close to 20,900 employees take care of 320,000 business customers and 27,000 corporate and institutional customers, over and above the 6 million. Besides servicing personal and commercial accounts, the bank also offers investment services such as securities brokerage, asset management, and corporate finance.

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is one of the leading banking and financial services companies in Europe. The BNP Paribas Group operates in 80 countries and has around 200,000 employees (about a half of them serve customers in four domestic markets: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg).

HSBC France

HSBC France

The French subsidiary of the HSBC Group was established on November 1st, 2005. The bank employs around 12,000 people and operates through a network of 380 branches in the country, offering banking and insurance services to expats, travellers and locals.

Latest Articles:

Societe Generale: Online and Mobile Banking in France

Societe Generale: Online and Mobile Banking in FranceWith the aim to get close to their clients in France, Société Générale, as one of the leading banks in the country, offers them award-wining online and mobile banking products, to ensure that they get the best services at ease, in whatever location and at anytime. Read more »

Societe Generale: Opening a Bank Account and Choosing a Credit Card

To open a bank account in Societe Generale France‘s 2,300 branches, you’ll need to choose the nearest branch, arrange an appointment online, in person at the bank office or by calling 3933 or +33 (0) 810 01 3955. The service is free of charge and includes monthly reports and account management.  Read more »

Managing French Bank Account with Credit Agricole Online and Mobile Banking

Managing a French Bank Account with Credit Agricole Online and Mobile BankingThe Credit Agricole bank focuses on attracting the attention of native and foreign stakeholders to investment banking that boosts the market share in France and abroad. Read more »

Features of Credit du Nord Online Banking Service

Features of Credit du Nord Online Banking ServiceCredit du Nord Bank has over the years managed to obtain market leadership status when it comes to its online banking services in the country. Read more »

Banque Palatine Bank Account: How to Apply

Banque Palatine Bank Account: How to ApplyBeing one of the oldest banks in France and a subsidiary of BPCE group, Banque Palatine has been offering banking services to both corporate and private customers. Read more »