According to a study completed last year (2016 - click here for source link) - France has one of the highest usage of cheques on the planet!
As far as the EU goes - the average number of cheques issued per capita per year is 8.5 whereas the average per capita in France is a massive 43!
The use of cheques is an incredibly costly and time consuming exercise so why are they so popular in France? Job creation scheme? Lack of trust in or awareness of technology? Resistance to change? Education ?..