Welcome to France
We have been with La Poste for two years, attracted by their low rates and lots of branches. However, we are thinking of switching to Britline too this year. La P do have the lowest rates but offer a budget service in terms of their pretty poor online banking portal, which has recently been improved but is still lacking. To give you an idea, the portal only provides a running balance, so you can’t examine segments of transactions without getting the calculator out. You can’t individual entries or search them. They only display transactions up to the last six months and you can’t even request anything older. Finally, our agent is rude, unhelpful and has NEVER answered a single email and has only ever returned one phone call. Despite only ever speaking French with him and doing all the leg work ourselves.
We have our complimentary health insurance with Britline, they were €15/ month more expensive than the cheapest alternative (MAFF), but it was a dream to organise over the phone in English and they said to call anytime with any health queries, which is very reassuring.
I will check out the other info about Britline on this site too.
Bon chance and I hope you are very, very happy in your new home,