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Opening a Bank Account in France.

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@LaForet, It sounds like Miss FZ is in France not Switzerland. My debit card is both Visa and Carte Bleu and has worked fine online every time I have used it, I do need to have enough in the account for the transaction but no more than that, didn't need an initial deposit.
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We've had a debit card for our French account since 2005. Again both Visa and CB, I know there is a separate section of the account for the cards, but there's rarely anything in that section to look at when I view online. I have a feeling at one time that it worked like a charge card, and was paid off on a certain day of the month, but nowadays, transactions are debited from our current account. I certainly didn't have to transfer a large sum to it, int fact they were the ones giving me money in the form of a mortgage.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Miss FZ is now sorted with Lydia. Thanks all.
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rjs wrote:
@LaForet, It sounds like Miss FZ is in France not Switzerland. My debit card is both Visa and Carte Bleu and has worked fine online every time I have used it, I do need to have enough in the account for the transaction but no more than that, didn't need an initial deposit.
I had, actually, worked that one out. My point was that in getting an account and cards in another country, it's best not to assume things work the same as in the UK, and to consider if it's likely that that at some future point, you may need a credit card, and if it is, then that into account when looking at the Ts+Cs.
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@LaForet, I was describing my experience with a French card in France, I presume Hells Bells was too. Real credit cards are not common in France so vendors are used to handling debit ones.
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rjs wrote:
@LaForet, I was describing my experience with a French card in France, I presume Hells Bells was too. Real credit cards are not common in France so vendors are used to handling debit ones.
Ah OK, so you're saying it's likely that the OP can manage in France without a real credit card, then, as debit cards are accepted almost everywhere? Presumably, even if they needed a 'proper' card - like when hiring a car - they could use their UK credit card anyway, and so it's so rare a situation that it isn't worth searching for a French 'proper' credit card.
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