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The French banking system is both safe and efficient, and internet banking is becoming more widespread. In fact, there are certain banks - AXA and Banque Accord - who exist almost solely on the web: http://www.axabanque.fr, http://www.banque-accord.fr. ATMs are ubiquitous and often provide a choice of language when a foreign card is inserted. Banks are usually open between 9 am - 5 or 5:30 pm, and smaller branches will close for one or two hours over lunch (usually 1 to 3 pm). Some branches of banks are open for a few hours on Saturday mornings (9 am to 1 pm) but there are also banks which are closed all day on Mondays, or on Monday mornings. Check with your local branch…