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Opening French bank account

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I’ve just come back from opening my French bank account (finally after living here for 5 months!) and I must say it was a breeze!

I was rather apprehensive beforehand, having read so much about the French bureaucracy and paperwork, and ensuring you have practically your life history with you - but hey, that's why we love France isn't it?!

Anyway my experience was fabulous. We have now got an account with Credit Agricole, after setting up an appointment with our local branch (in a small village in Aquitaine department) and just need to wait 5 days to receive our cards and pin number.

So I can't recommend them highly enough (although I appreciate it very much depends on your branch, who you speak with, your grasp of the language (and mine isn't brilliant), etc etc).

Next up, buying a car and finding a new rental near Bayonne, but I am feeling a lot more positive about handling it!
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Hi Sarah,

Lucky you.

My partner and I have just about opened a Credit Agricole Britline account, as we're based in the UK until our property purchase completes.

It took us 3-months to open the account, due to our English banks (Halifax & Natwest - mention no names!) not providing us with a Bankers Reference through sheer incompetence. None of the staff appeared to a) know exactly what it was & b) Know exactly how to process and who's responsibility it was to action it (branch or head office).

This is just a word of warning to ex-pats (in England)who are about to undergo this pursuit, it's actually more stressful at our end, the French side was as you stated a breeze!

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