A pay as you go credit card is available through Travelex.
“Bob” used the Travelex Passport (.73026 EU to $1 US) and was pleased. “Travelex worked out perfectly. Both security and convenience. I would highly recommend it.”
In France there is a central number for all lost or stolen credit cards. Dial: 0892 705 705
Visa card - lost or stolen?
Toll free: 0800 90 1179
Abroad dial: 001 410 581 99 94
Visa “Get Help Now” Instructions
What Rick Steves says about using ATM machines abroad
MasterCard lost or stolen?
Toll Free: 0800901387
In the United States:
For countries not listed in our directory, you can call the following telephone number collect to the United States in the event of an emergency:
The Anglo-Info Web site carries extensive information on what to do for lost cards and mobile phones in France.
Open a bank account in France
A reader asked, “Is it possible to open a bank account there before actually having an address in Paris?“
I suggested Bursorama (website only available in French) and HSBC. The other banks such la Poste and BNP Parisbas have websites that are user unfriendly to simply answer this question.
HSBC states on their website, “Whether you are coming to France to live or work or if you are buying a house there, HSBC can help you settle in. From opening accounts to establishing international transfers, your English-speaking Relationship Manager ensures you a smooth transition.”
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