Thanks for all these very helpful suggestions. I have now contacted an office in the French Alps that gives help with legal matters, both in an informal way (it is called a family service) and a formal way notary type services. I emailed them scans of all my bank statements, and they promised to look into it for me. Thereinitial assessment was that the family services office could intervene for me.By writing to the bank on my behalf or even visiting.
Marie-Claire; The cash cards were invalidated when I ceased to be resident and the bank didn't respond to my letters properly once I had a UK address. Of course it is my own fault for not sorting things out sooner in one way or another. If I lose this money through some timeout its my own fault. But i thought I'd raise the issue in this forum as it maybe a problem others face.
I have had a look at the international office you mentioned and one way forward might be to open a non-resident account in Paris and move the money there.
Alex; Your information on the new law is interesting. It was these discussions in the press that made me go back and check the old paper work, and decide to try and sort it out.Once you have left the country and moved on it is very easy to put these things off. I have a similar situation with pension points in France
which is next on my list. I sent all your information and link to my agent in France for his opion as to how it applied to my case, so thanks for that.
Peter; I think there is always merit in starting at the top of an organization. I actually had a very similar
situation when I was living in France and trying to do basic things with my Nat West Bank account. All of a sudden they became a bit strange. I then wrote a letter to head office in London telling them I was a good
customer and questioned the lack of response for customers who worked briefly in other countries. I did get an immediate and helpful response from the head office and the local branch all of a sudden.I will keep this
in reserve and see how my French man in the Alps does in sorting things out. I spoke to him on the phone and he seemed quite efficient and competent