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Old 08-04-2011, 16:06   #31
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Amex is a joke in France.
Wasn't too clever in the US 20 years ago either. Walked into a US bank only to be told in an American drawl:

"Gee, you have a green one, we only accept white Amex cards"

Does anyone still use Amex in Europe, haven't carried one for years.

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Old 10-04-2011, 15:34   #32
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Pete7 :" Does anyone still use Amex in Europe, haven't carried one for years."
Yes, some people do. French people who travel a lot with Air france do it because it is a mean to earn miles.... But, they have - of course - another card (Visa or Master) because, you are right, Amex is no more accepted in a lot of places...
15 years ago it was a "must"... It is no more the case...
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Re: Money Matters in France

I had Visa card, MasterCard, with chips, without chips, from banks in Australia, Dubai, and Singapore, and I never got fuel from a self-service/automatic fuel pump in France! No real trouble paying with Visa/master elsewhere though - Unless they didn't want the credit card to work that is ;-)
I also had trouble with various ATM's around the Med, but usually found one card that worked. This was however, only because I had several card options on hand!
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Same it's always a good move !
the celtic pride !!!

Fichier:Combined flag of the Celtic nations.jpg - Wikipédia
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Interesting. Never saw that before look nice in the crosstrees

Controversially Ireland is not regarded as Celtic. ( as in this is a controversial view) The celts never reached there. They are seemingly of basque origin ( with a lot of Viking thrown in!)

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Re: Money Matters in France

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Interesting. Never saw that before look nice in the crosstrees

Controversially Ireland is not regarded as Celtic. ( as in this is a controversial view) The celts never reached there. They are seemingly of basque origin ( with a lot of Viking thrown in!)

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Well if they have a lot of "Viking" in them, then they cant be that bad,
But what does it for the Money use in France ?
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i have just booked space in Cherbourg marina, and they had no problems with any type of Credit cards.
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Well if they have a lot of "Viking" in them, then they cant be that bad,
But what does it for the Money use in France ?
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i have just booked space in Cherbourg marina, and they had no problems with any type of Credit cards.

what do you mean by : "what does it for the Money use in France?" ??

Here, we pay nothing, except our politicians ...
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what do you mean by : "what does it for the Money use in France?" ??

Here, we pay nothing, except our politicians ...


well was thinking what the topic name was.

have a nice holliday.
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Hi Careka,

We are in Cherbourg, do not hesitate to contact us if you need some local help, our boat is berthed in the marina Chantereyne, FYI.
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So fare i have had no problem with Mastercard on my way down, here, but i do use pin code. so the card need to have a chip on it.
on all places,restuarants, shops, gasfilling big and small places.... on the car and the boat.

So it all looks like its no big deal. it works.
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I have had same problem with credit cards in france but there is away around it i opened a hsbc euro account and it now works every where fine
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I forgot that point, you most certainly need chip and PIN. Very few places in the EU take non chip cards anymore.

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We have had no problems at all using either Visa or Mastercards in France. We topped up with fuel in Morlaix and paid the Capitainerie with a Mastercard - no problems there.

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A bit out from Brest , you have the nice place Camaret-Sur_mer, nice place and they have a pump on the pontong, put in your mastercard and fill the tanks. no problemas.....
--Saturday i went by car from Cherbourg to Les Sables d-olonnes and back again, the sunday went from Cherbourg all the way up to Hamburg ,Germany 1220 km no problems to pay up anywhere with Mastercard,
But is must have............ CHIP and Pin Code..........
Have a nice summer holliday al.
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