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Personal finance in France


Personal Finance in France

Welcome to the FrenchEntrée's Personal Finance zone, your financial resource for French property and living in France.
This zone has advice and guidance on topics such as opening a bank account in France, the credit and debit card system and savings and investments.

For information on buying euros and handling currency exchange for your property purchase see our Currency Zone.

And don't miss a step by looking at our Quick Overview of the steps you need to take to buy your French property.

Bank RIBs

Bemused by requests for a RIB? RIB stands for RELEVE D’IDENTITE BANCAIRE, meaning ‘statement of banking identity’, and these very useful documents. It is always a good idea to... more...

VOCABULARY: What to say when in the bank

writing a cheque
Everyday phrases for when you're at the bank - à la banque more...

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Foreign Currency Traders
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Tax Advisers in France

Tax and Law Newsletter Archive

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Editor's pick

In the midst of the global economic slowdown, our pockets may have never seemed so shallow. To help you out, our contributing experts offer their financial advice.

Are good rates only available to French nationals?

Piggy bank with eurosNo! Whether a person has French nationality or not has no bearing on the availability of investments in France, as Charlotte Sephton of CA Charente-Périgord explains more...

Cheques, credit and debit cards in France

Credit cards in FranceCredit cards are rarely used and therefore not always accepted in France - an issue for residents or those here just on holiday. If you plan to spend a lot of time in here, think about getting a Carte Bleue more...

English speaking Crédit Agricole Charente Périgord advisers

Credit Agricole Charente PerigordCharente Perigord United is an English speaking department that is part of Crédit Agricole Charente Périgord bank. They provide an English-speaking customer line for all Crédit Agricole Charente-Périgord customers so you can always talk to someone in English about your banking and insurance needs. more...

Small debts recovery in France

olly via fotolia A brief guideline on how the system works in France when a creditor gets stuck with a bad debt ... more...

Credit Agricole Charente-Périgord Banking and Insurance

Charente-PérigordCrédit Agricole Charente-Périgord is here to help you with your banking and insurance needs. We have a dedicated team of bilingual advisors at Charente Périgord United who know just how important it is that you get the right advice for your banking and insurance needs in a language that you understand. more...

When you have a problem with your bank

problemThere is no banking Ombudsman as such in France. However, a free médiateur service can be used to try and find a satisfactory solution to a customer complaint... more...

How to protect your finances when retiring to France

French money protection France is a popular place for people to move to when they retire. David Franks, chief executive of Blevins Franks, examines ways to look after your savings more...

How to write a French cheque

writing a French cheque Now that you have your French bank account here's a guide on what goes where on the cheque.

Make the most of your UK pension

Blevins pensions advice It is now possible for expatriate Britons to export their pension funds out of the UK. more...

Financial advice & solutions for people relocating to France

Siddalls Download Siddalls help sheets for "your new life in France" by clicking here.

Credit Agricole Charente-Périgord Bank and Insurance

Charente-PérigordGet the right advice for your French banking and insurance needs in a language that you understand thanks to our bilingual financial advisors. Call us on 0545 204 960.

Investment & Insurance in France

Axa InvestmentsChoose to invest in one of AXA France's 100% secure Assurance Vie solutions or ask for advice, in English, on AXA's full range of insurance policies for private individuals and professionals.

French Legal Advice

Stone King
Protect your assets across borders and jurisdictions covering Wills & succession planning, Inheritance Tax, Probate following death of a family member plus more... Visit for more information.

Expert French mortgage advice

French mortgagesVisit the mortgage zone for up-to-date information, FAQs and best buy French mortgages. Repayment and interest only French mortgages available.

Free International Money Transfers for Life

Currency Zone A great rate and no transfer fee for the life of your account! Make a no obligation enquiry to Moneycorp, FrenchEntrée’s currency partner and see how we can save you money.

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Save a Fortune on Currency Exchange

Currency ExchangeWhether you need advice or an international money transfer quote, FrenchEntree's currency partner - Moneycorp - can help. Visit the France currency exchange zone.

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