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Post by Teejaykay » Fri 06 Jul 2012 19:19

Which banks are best (easiest) for setting up an account, when you first arrive in France?

Thanks in advance.

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Post by tubs » Fri 06 Jul 2012 20:38

We use Credit Agricole Britline. They've been good for us, with helpful English speaking staff. No complaints whatsoever.

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Post by Teejaykay » Fri 06 Jul 2012 20:42

Thank you.

Any other recommendations anyone can make are welcome too...

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Post by SusieQ » Fri 06 Jul 2012 21:51

I used Caisse D'Epargne, their service is excellent, They are a Building Society, but offer all the banking services.

Remember that Credit Ag, has recently got downgraded, by the assessment agencies.

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Post by marinamen » Sat 07 Jul 2012 08:39

we bank with HSBC. We opened the accounts whilst still in the UK and when we moved to France they arranged the opening of our French HSBC accounts. Although tax residents in France we still hold HSBC UK accounts which makes the transfer of private pensions to HSBC France easier a simple online process. We have a dedicated English account manager who is based in Toulouse.
I highly recommend the bank and will provide more details if you send me a pm.

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Post by Santiago » Sat 07 Jul 2012 11:02

I wouldn't choose Credit Agricole. They are part-owned by the government and known to be more inefficient and bureaucratic than others. The HSBC service sound good but it works out more expensive than using a normal French bank and a specialised foreign-exchange broker, like MoneyCorp. The benefits of having your French and UK accounts in the same bank are insignificant as far as I can tell.

I would choose a bank that has the kind of account you need and doesn't have too many charges. Although free banking doesn't exist in France.

I use Banque Populaire. They are not perfect but I think they are quite good for me. However, my requirements are not the norm.
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Post by John & Elaine » Sat 07 Jul 2012 14:33

Like Jon we use and are happy with Banque Pop. We also have an account with HSBC in Carcassonne where there are plenty of English speakers who will come to Perpignan for meetings and if we want to go to them Carcassonne is nearer! And with a better KFC!

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Post by Teejaykay » Sat 07 Jul 2012 14:49

Thanks everyone for these suggestions.

What I am really after is a bank that will be willing to open an account with the least amount of fuss. (I'm not British, either, so from what I checked online the Britline one won't work for me.)

I guess the paperwork required varies from bank to bank, and the time taken...?

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Post by Sue » Sat 07 Jul 2012 17:35

The CA Argeles may have its faults but they were prepared to listen and give us their time. We arrived in France, permanently, 7 years ago at the end of next December. We made an appointment with the CA at about 4 pm. My husband spoke no french and I only had school french (below O level some 40 years previous). We didnt leave the bank until around 6 pm, all the staff having to remain after closing until we were sorted. They were patient and explained everything in french with a smattering of english thrown in. We couldnt fault them.
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Post by tubs » Sat 07 Jul 2012 21:09

I'm with you Sue, I can only speak as I find but we are extremely happy with the service provided by Credit Agricole.
Ps did I catch a glimpse of you at the sausage collection at St Jean Pla de Corts on Thursday?

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Post by Sue » Sat 07 Jul 2012 21:21

You did. Were you with your wife. I saw a couple I thought I recognised but couldnt put a name to the faces. Apologies.
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Post by GreenHermit » Sat 07 Jul 2012 23:25

John & Elaine wrote: if we want to go to them Carcassonne is nearer! And with a better KFC! John
We live in the country of Haute Cuisine !


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Post by tubs » Sun 08 Jul 2012 12:38

There are times,when you have English children visiting, that only an English sausage will do!!!

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Post by Pighunter » Sun 08 Jul 2012 13:01

I use Britline - to me it is crucial to fully understand financial matters and communications! They are not perfect but they do the job.

I don't think banking without fuss exists in France, another excuse for the beaurocrats to get their oars in. I couldn't believe it when I went to CA in Ceret to try to deposit 50 euros in cash to avoid going overdrawn at CA Normandie when I had spent a little too much on the card by accident. A very haughty lady told me 'We don't handle cash!' ...... but you're a bank!?

For real fuss-free banking in the UK I use First Direct and cannot recommend them highly enough - if only they operated in France!

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Re: Sausages!

Post by GreenHermit » Sun 08 Jul 2012 14:21

tubs wrote:There are times,when you have English children visiting, that only an English sausage will do!!!
What's wrong with Catalan or Toulousain sausages: Traitor !
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Post by Sue » Sun 08 Jul 2012 14:24

Too much fat!
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Post by tubs » Sun 08 Jul 2012 15:02

Toulouse, Catalan or merguez for me every time, fine. For children not used to chewing anything, not so fine!!!

Ps sorry Kate for completely going off topic.

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Post by Ian » Mon 09 Jul 2012 21:55

No lets go off topic.
I have recently asked an artisan sausage maker in deepest Ayrshire Scotland if they they would make me some Merguez, (suffering from withdrawal symptoms) and you can't find them in the shops around here. They have asked for a recipe - can anyone provide a link to a good merguez sausage recipe?

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Post by mrob343 » Mon 09 Jul 2012 23:29

Ian wrote:No lets go off topic.
I have recently asked an artisan sausage maker in deepest Ayrshire Scotland if they they would make me some Merguez, (suffering from withdrawal symptoms) and you can't find them in the shops around here. They have asked for a recipe - can anyone provide a link to a good merguez sausage recipe?

Thanks in advance.
Ian
Voila Ian! :wink: Bonne app ! :D

http://www.marmiton.org/recettes/recett ... 28983.aspx

Oh by the way i've been with Credit Mutuel in Perps for the last 11 years. They need the occasional kick up the **** on the telephone "de temps un temps" but i find them ok. :lol:

Good luck with the BBQ up there in Ayrshire ! :)

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Post by Allan » Mon 09 Jul 2012 23:48

Santiago wrote:
I would choose a bank that has the kind of account you need and doesn't have too many charges. Although free banking doesn't exist in France.

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I get free banking from Barclays in Montpellier - and they speak English

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Re: Sausages

Post by GreenHermit » Mon 09 Jul 2012 23:55

Sue wrote:Too much fat!
tubs wrote:Toulouse, Catalan or merguez for me every time, fine. For children not used to chewing anything, not so fine!!!
Ian wrote:No lets go off topic.
I have recently asked an artisan sausage maker in deepest Ayrshire Scotland if they they would make me some Merguez, (suffering from withdrawal symptoms) and you can't find them in the shops around here. They have asked for a recipe - can anyone provide a link to a good merguez sausage recipe?

Thanks in advance.
Ian

It would appear that provided, you get good sausages, within the PO, the Banks do not matter

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Post by mrob343 » Tue 10 Jul 2012 00:00

GreenHermit wrote:
Sue wrote:Too much fat!
tubs wrote:Toulouse, Catalan or merguez for me every time, fine. For children not used to chewing anything, not so fine!!!
Ian wrote:No lets go off topic.
I have recently asked an artisan sausage maker in deepest Ayrshire Scotland if they they would make me some Merguez, (suffering from withdrawal symptoms) and you can't find them in the shops around here. They have asked for a recipe - can anyone provide a link to a good merguez sausage recipe?

Thanks in advance.
Ian

It would appear that provided, you get good sausages, within the PO, the Banks do not matter

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
And some great tasting olives too! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by Santiago » Tue 10 Jul 2012 10:32

Allan wrote:
Santiago wrote:
I would choose a bank that has the kind of account you need and doesn't have too many charges. Although free banking doesn't exist in France.

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I get free banking from Barclays in Montpellier - and they speak English
Really?

What are the conditions? What's the minimum balance for example and does it come with a cheque book, debit card, ability to withdraw from any cashpoint and can you set up virements, TIPs and so on?
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Post by Allan » Tue 10 Jul 2012 10:43

Santiago wrote:
Allan wrote:
Santiago wrote:
I would choose a bank that has the kind of account you need and doesn't have too many charges. Although free banking doesn't exist in France.

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I get free banking from Barclays in Montpellier - and they speak English
Really?

What are the conditions? What's the minimum balance for example and does it come with a cheque book, debit card, ability to withdraw from any cashpoint and can you set up virements, TIPs and so on?
Yes it comes with a cheque book, debit card, has internet banking,virements, TIPs etc - just like any other bank account

I don't know about minimum balances as I negotiated directly with the bank. The package is called Barclays Premier Life

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Post by GreenHermit » Tue 10 Jul 2012 14:34

Allan wrote: I get free banking from Barclays in Montpellier - and they speak English
Sorry I was under the impression you lived in France, and supported the French economy, not the UK!
:roll: :roll: :roll:

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Post by Owens88 » Wed 11 Jul 2012 00:59

GreenHermit wrote:
Allan wrote: I get free banking from Barclays in Montpellier - and they speak English
Sorry I was under the impression you lived in France, and supported the French economy, not the UK!
:roll: :roll: :roll:
Seems like he has his own Economy.

'To be eligible to join Premier Banking you must have an annual gross income paid into a Barclays current account of £75,000+ or £50,000+ saved or invested through Barclays. If you meet and continue to meet these criteria, the Premier Current Account is available for £10 a month.
However, if you have an annual gross income paid into a Barclays current account of £150,000+ or £150,000+ saved or invested with Barclays, this monthly fee will be waived. Eligibility for Premier Banking will be reviewed regularly.'
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Post by Howard Whatmore » Wed 11 Jul 2012 01:04

Do you need a new friend Allan?

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Post by Allan » Wed 11 Jul 2012 01:17

Owens88 wrote:
GreenHermit wrote:
Allan wrote: I get free banking from Barclays in Montpellier - and they speak English
Sorry I was under the impression you lived in France, and supported the French economy, not the UK!
:roll: :roll: :roll:
Seems like he has his own Economy.

'To be eligible to join Premier Banking you must have an annual gross income paid into a Barclays current account of £75,000+ or £50,000+ saved or invested through Barclays. If you meet and continue to meet these criteria, the Premier Current Account is available for £10 a month.
However, if you have an annual gross income paid into a Barclays current account of £150,000+ or £150,000+ saved or invested with Barclays, this monthly fee will be waived. Eligibility for Premier Banking will be reviewed regularly.'
I don't know which account you are talking about but my account with Barclays France has none of the restrictions you refer to and as far as I know is available to anyone.

On a different note it is pretty galling for people to make suggestions of what my income/savings might or might not be.

I tried to make a helpfully comment on the availability of free banking not to have my private finances discussed.

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Post by Santiago » Wed 11 Jul 2012 10:15

I sort of knew this thread would lead to that kind of stuff :roll:

There is always a tendency to begrudge other forumites their money or what they choose to spend it on.

I looked at Allen's suggestion and it does look like a good account. You don't need the incomes suggested in the above posts but you do need a sizeable deposit to open it which would probably only suit someone based here.

Thanks Allen for the good tip.
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Post by CD » Thu 12 Jul 2012 00:52

We opened a Credit Agricole account in Prades about 6 years ago, but they insisted we also have a Borse account as well, which we said we didn't want and for which they charge us 2 euros a month for. Wouldn't open the normal account without it.

Last year they threatened to close the Borse account as we've never used it! Still charging us for it though. Plus 5.95 euro for the basic account.

I plan on moving banks after we move out full time in a fortnight...

Cheers,

Chris

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