Banks in France

Banks in France The banking system of France is one of the most developed in the world. It consists of more than 400 banks and includes four main units: the Bank of France, deposit banks, investment banks, and banks providing medium- and long-term loans.
French banks have a reputation of a reliable financial institutions not only in France, but also in the European Union. The largest banking groups in France are: BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Societe Generale Group, Groupe BPCE, Groupe Crédit Mutuel-CIC.

Top French Banks:

Crédit Mutuel

credit mutuel

Crédit Mutuel is a French cooperative bank. With about 80,000 employees serving more than 15 million clients in 5,362 offices nationwide, the bank is considered as one of the biggest in the country.

Societe Generale

Societe Generale

Founded in 1864, Societe Generale is the third largest French bank in total assets and eighth ranked bank in Europe. The original name of the company was Société Générale pour favoriser le développement du commerce et de l’industrie en France or the English translation is the General Company to Support the Development of Commerce and Industry in France.

Credit Agricole

Credit Agricole

Crédit Agricole SA (CASA) is a central institution of the co-operative Crédit Agricole Group, one of France’s largest commercial banks. Among the main bank’s activities are credit cards, consumer banking, corporate banking, investment banking, mortgage loans, private banking, wealth management, asset management.

Caisse d’Epargne

Caisse d'Epargne

Caisse d’Epargne is one of the major country’s banks, member of the BPCE Group, operating through a network of 17 mutual savings banks. The bank’s subsidiaries are Natixis, Crédit foncier de France, Banque Palatine, OCÉOR, Nexity, Banque BCP.

Credit Lyonnais (LCL) Bank

Credit Lyonnais (LCL) Bank

Credit Lyonnais, also known as LCL since 2005, is a French bank with head office in Lyon. The close to 20,900 employees take care of 320,000 business customers and 27,000 corporate and institutional customers, over and above the 6 million. Besides servicing personal and commercial accounts, the bank also offers investment services such as securities brokerage, asset management, and corporate finance.

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is one of the leading banking and financial services opranisations in Europe. The parent company BNP Paribas Group operates in 80 countries and has around 200,000 employees (about a half of them serve customers in four domestic markets: Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg).

HSBC France

HSBC France

The French subsidiary of the HSBC Group was established on November 1st, 2005. The bank employs around 12,000 people and operates through a network of 380 branches in the country, offering banking and insurance services to expats, travellers and locals.

Natixis Bank

Natixis Bank

Natixis is an international bank, it has 22 000 experts present in 68 countries, developing activities in three main geographical areas: Americas, Asia-Oceania and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).

La Banque Postale

La Banque Postale

The retail network of the Banque Postale consists of more than 10,000 post offices where 30,000 professionals serving individual and corporate customers. Also all the bank’s products available through telephone, Internet and mobile channels.

Crédit du Nord

Credit du Nord

Crédit du Nord is the bank in France specialised on serving professionals and small businesses. Created as a result of the merger of 80 regional, family and local banks, it is now consists of eight regional banks and have more than 900 agencies.

Crédit Cooperatif

Crédit Cooperatif

Credit Cooperatif is primarily known for his role of micro credits in France. According to the annual Microfinance Observatory Report for the 2010 published by the Bank of France, 19% of personal micro credits in France in 2010 were provided by the Credit Cooperatif.

CIC Bank

CIC Bank

CIC Banque is a bank in France, offering mainly savings accounts, mortgages, and loans to its customers. The bank aslo also owns stakes in specialised entities involved in private banking, asset management, leasing, securities brokerage, and property/casualty insurance.

Banque Transatlantique

Banque Transatlantique

The Banque Transatlantique has developed recognized expertise in the fields of the private banking, asset management, administration of employee share ownership scheme and the management of expatriates. Present in London since 1986, Banque Transatlantique continues to grow and multiply its operations at the international markets with subsidiaries, branches and representative offices: Singapore in 2001, Luxembourg in 2002, Brussels in 2005, New York , Montreal and Hong Kong in 2011, Geneva in 2012.

BRED Bank

BRED Bank

BRED is a cooperative inter-regional bank oriented to private customers, professionals, and small businesses. As for 2012, it served one million individuals, 62,000 professionals, 26,000 associations and 6,900 corporate and institutional customers.

Dexia Credit Local

Dexia Credit Local

Dexia Credit Local de France is a part of the Dexia Group, which was Franco-Belgian financial institution active in public finance, providing retail and commercial banking services to individuals and SMEs, asset management, and insurance.

AXA Bank

AXA Banque

AXA Banque operates in France as an arm of the AXA – multinational, investment banking firm headquartered in Paris. The group is active on Investment banking, Investment management, Life and health insurance markets.

Banque Populaire

Banque Populaire

Banque Populaire is a group of French cooperative banks, which along with other financial group – Groupe Caisse d’Epargne, forming form the Group BPCE – one of the largest financial groups in the country.

Banque Palatine

Banque Palatine

Being one of the oldest banks in the country, Banque Palatine was founded in 1780 and its original name was Banque Sanpaolo. It was founded originally in Lyon, France and is still one of the oldest banks still being run.