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:

Crédit Mutuel

Credit Mutuel Bank LogoCredit Mutuel is a French banking network consisting of 5,390 local cooperatives and mutual funds, grouped into 18 regional federations, including the national confederation.  Read more »

Société Générale

Societe Generale bank logoSociété Générale is one largest and oldest bank in France. It is one of the three pillars of the French banking sector, together with Crédit Lyonnais (LCL) and BNP Paribas.  Read more »

Crédit Agricole Bank

Credit Agricole BankCrédit Agricole S.A. (CASA) is the largest retail banking group in France, second largest in Europe and the eighth largest in the world by Tier 1 capital according to The Banker magazine. It is also part of the CAC 40 stock market index.  Read more »

Crédit du Nord

Credit du Nord BankCrédit du Nord is a French bank, one of three components of Societe Generale banking group’s retail branch network, along with Boursorama and Banque Societe Generale.  Read more »

Caisse d’Epargne Bank

Caisse d'Epargne BankBank Caisse d’Epargne was founded in 1818 in Paris. It is a part of the Caisse d’Epargne financial group, that until July 2009 consisted of 17 branches in France. Read more »

Credit Lyonnais (LCL) Bank

Credit Lyonnais (LCL) BankCredit Lyonnais (LCL) is one of the major French commercial banks. It was founded by Henri Germain in July 1863 and was the largest bank in the world by 1900. In the early 1990s, Crédit Lyonnais was the largest state-owned French bank. Read more »

BNP Paribas Bank

BNP Paribas BankBNP 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).  Read more »

HSBC France

HSBC France Bank LogoHSBC France (operates as a subsidiary of the international financial group HSBC Group) is a bank incorporated in France, member of the French system of deposit insurance and saving.  Read more »

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Opening a bank account in a French bank

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Banque de France

Banque de FranceBanque de France (The Bank of France) is the central bank of France, a member of the European System of Central Banks. The Bank is headquartered in Paris. Read more »

Introduction to the French economic model

Introduction to the French economic modelFrance is a highly developed country, nuclear and space power. In terms of total volume of economy, the country ranks second in the Eurozone. Read more »

French Banks Holidays in 2014

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Fitch downgraded the ratings of the largest banks in France

Fitch downgraded the ratings of the largest banks in FranceThe international rating agency Fitch has downgraded the long-term ratings of major French banks. According to the official press release from Fitch, it concerns the banks Credit Agricole, Societe Generale, Groupe BPCE, Dexia and Dexia Credit Local and their ratings were lowered by one point – from A + to A.  Read more »