So we’ve taken the plunge and are going to move to Nantes this year (see English / French Couple with kids - should we take the plunge? for initial discussions) but I have a question about banking.
From past experience dealing with my French wifes bank, they seem a little “different” to UK banks (i.e. online banking seems a bit behind and there appear to be charges for things I take for granted in the UK). I currently bank with Barclays in the UK and they have an International account option that just requires a certain balance to remain charge free and i’d receive credit/debit cards and online banking etc. I’ve been told that this account appears as normal to French institutions (I have my doubts about that knowing the highly bureaucratic nature of the French system but that is yet to be confirmed !) and they offer both Euro and Sterling account options.
There are lots of older questions on these boards about which bank to choose etc so I was wondering what the latest advice is on a UK person moving semi-permanently / permanently to France - a national bank or international bank account ?