Many banks in France have regional English language websites with English speaking staff. Banking services and facilities in English may also be found at some branches. Doy you need a French Bank Account? Read French Bank Account
Opening an Account
A foreigner may open a bank account if they are (or are going to be) resident in France for at least three months.
The following documents are required to open an account:
- EU citizens: Proof of identification (a valid passport or ID card)
- Non-EU citizens: Proof of residence (Carte de séjour)
- Proof of a French address: a utility bill (Electricity, Telephone etc.), rental agreement or property deeds
- Proof of earnings or status: Contract of employment or proof of earnings or proof of status (e.g a student card)
- Reference from another bank where accounts are held (this is usually only required when applying for loans and overdrafts)
- In some instances, a birth certificate.
Opening an account can be done in a day and means of making payments (cash cards and cheque book) will normally arrive within a week, or so, of the account being opened.
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