Payment Card Year Books

France 2018/2019

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Payment Organisations
Groupement des Cartes Bancaires, the interbank organisation.
STET, the interbank CSM processor, absorbed SERS2 in 2015.

Domestic Payment Brand
“CB” is the domestic card scheme of the French banks.
French private cards issued by French consumer finance banks.

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

Card use is high, with 7.6-times more card payments than cash withdrawals. There were 156.5 payments per CB card per year.

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

In 2017, contactless cards were 68.4% of the “CB” cards total.
Issuing and acquiring is core business of all French banks.

Emerging Open Banking ecosystem.

Notable Market Trends
HCE NFC payments, Paylib, Lyf Pay, MasterPass, Apple Pay. 

Statistical Key Figures for 2017 provided in this profile:

UPDATED: tables with card business data 2013-2017; 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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1.1 last updated 8th January 2019