Top French Banks in 2018. France have the most number of large banks in Europe at six (same as UK), holding a combined US$8.6 trillion in assets.
1. BNP Paribas. The largest bank in France is BNP Paribas with US$2.357 trillion in assets. Founded since 1848, it is also the 2nd largest bank by assets in Europe and the eighth largest bank in the world.
History of BNP Paribas
2. Crédit Agricole. The "la banque verte" or the green bank, Crédit Agricole is the second biggest bank in France with US$2.1 trillion in assets. Founded since 1894, it has become the third largest bank by asset in Europe and tenth largest globally.
3. Société Générale. Société Générale is France's third largest bank by total assets, sixth largest in Europe and nineteenth largest globally, managing up to US$1.53 trillion in assets. Along with BNP Paribas and Crédit Lyonnais, it is also known as the Trois Vieilles or "Old Three" of French banking.
Société Générale group presentation
4. Groupe BPCE. Groupe BPCE is the fourth largest bank by assets (US$1.51 trilllion) in France and eighth largest in Europe.
5. Crédit Mutuel. Crédit Mutuel is a French cooperative bank based in Strasbourg, Alsace. It holds up to US$836 trillion in assets and is the 15th largest bank in Europe and 39th largest globally.
6. La Banque Postale SA. La Banque Postale is a French bank, created on 1 January 2006 as a subsidiary of La Poste, the national postal service. It is France's sixth largest bank, managing up to US$277 billion of assets.
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