France 2017/2018

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Payment Organization

Groupement des Cartes Bancaires, the interbank organization. 

STET, the interbank CSM processor, absorbed SERS2 in 2015. 

Domestic Card Brand

“CB” is the domestic bank card brand and card system. CB is one of the largest card schemes in the European Union. 

French private cards, issued by consumer finance institutions. 

Market Structure

Most bank cards are debit and delayed debit cards dual co-badged “CB” and with an international card brand.

Credit cards include co-branded French private cards issued largely by consumer finance banks of the big French banks. 

Card use is high, with 6.5-times more card payments than cash withdrawals. There were 160.0 payments per CB card per year. 

The leading five French banking groups are among the TOP35 largest banks in the world. 

In 2016, contactless cards were 67.4% of the “CB” cards total. 

Issuing and acquiring is core business of all French banks. 

Notable Market Trends

HCE NFC payments, Paylib, Lyf Pay, MasterPass, Apple Pay. 

Statistical Key Figures for 2016 provided in this profile:

UPDATED: tables with card business data 2012-2016; growth rates: Y-o-Y, CAGR

Population, Cards per Capita, Card Value per Capita

Debit Cards, Credit/Delayed Debit Cards, Total Cards

Card payments by number and by value, ATV per card, payments per card/year

ATMs, POS terminals, ATMs/POS terminals per 1 million capita

ATM withdrawals by number/by value, ATV per withdrawal, TXs per ATM/month

POS payments by number/by value, ATV per POS payment, TXs per POS/month

Internet Use, e-payment mix, B2C e-Commerce by value and growth rate

Issued Card brands by individual major issuer bank

Accepted card brands by individual major acquirer

Drill down into the debit card use and credit cards use details

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1.0.0 last updated 2nd December 2017