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How to open a bank account in France?

With most banks in France, you can open up an account in person at a local branch or online via the bank website.

🕛 Branches are typically open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and close for lunch.


👉 To open an account you will need:

  • An ID card or passport

  • Your residence permit (except for European people)

  • The proof of residence in France (electricity bill, rent slip, a certificate of accommodation, etc.). Here is an example of certificate of accomodation.

  • If you are a student : the photocopy of your student card

👉 Here is a price comparison of the services offered by banking establishments


💡What can you do if the bank denies your application? Read our article about this topic!


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