Banque de France Caisse des Depots BNP Paribas Societe Generale Credit Agricole Dexia
Banque de France Caisse des Depots BNP Paribas Societe Generale Credit Agricole Dexia

Banque de France – The central bank of France, created in January 1800 by Napoleon Bonaparte. At the time, both Sweden and England already had an issuing bank.

Banque Directe – The fist French direct bank. It operates as a subsidiary of AXA Group.

Banque Federative du Crédit Mutuel (BFCM) – The Holding Company in the CM5-CIC Group. BFCM carries the Group subsidiaries and coordinates their activities. The business of these subsidiaries covers the fields of finance, insurance, ATMs and means of payment, and information technology.

Banque Populaire Group – A French group of cooperative banks, comprising 20 Banques Populaires (18 regional banks, Casden Banque Populaire and Credit Cooperatif) and Credit Maritime Mutuel. In 2009, the Group merged with Groupe Caisse d'Epargne to form the Group BPCE.

Banque Robeco – A banking institution trading as a limited company with a board of directors and supervisory board. The Bank offers its 23,000 clients a broad range of mutual funds (€1.3 billion assets under management) of which Robeco funds and external funds drawn from the principal tax regimes; securities accounts, PEA, life insurance/unit-linked capital accounts. Banque Robeco was acquired by Oddo et Cie in 2011.

Banque Transatlantique – One of the oldest private banks in France, founded in 1881. It operates as a subsidiary of the CIC group. The Bank offers private banking, corporate banking, asset management, life insurance and mutual funds.

BNP Paribas – With approximately EUR 2.0 trillion in assets, it is one of the top 10 banks in the world. At August 23, 2016, BNP Paribas had a market capitalization of EUR 55 billion.

BPCE – One of the largest banking groups in France. It was created from the merger of Banques Populaires and the Caisses d’Epargne, two complementary cooperative banking networks.

BRED – The largest regional bank in the Banque Populaire Group.

Caisse des Depots et Consignations – A French financial organization, part of the Government institutions under the control of the Parliament.

Crédit Agricole CIB (formerly Calyon) – The investment banking division of Credit Agricole. In February 2010, Calyon changed its name to Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (Crédit Agricole CIB).

Caisse d'Epargne – A cooperative banking group with 27 million customers. Today, the Caisses d'Epargne network of mutual savings banks is part of Groupe BPCE.

CIC Group – A financial group in France, founded in 1859. It serves more than 3.5 million retail customers through a network over 2,100 branches in France and has representative offices in more than 35 countries. Crédit Mutuel owns more than 95% of CIC.

Crédit Agricole S.A. (CASA) – The largest retail bank in France and one of the top 10 banks in the world by assets. It serves more than 50 million customers worldwide and has a presence in 70 countries.

Crédit Commercial de France (CCF) was a commercial bank in France. In April 2000, it became a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC and was renamed HSBC France on November 1, 2005.

Crédit Coopératif – A cooperative banking group set up in 1893 for the purpose of providing financing to social economy enterprises.

Crédit du Nord – A French retail banking network. Since 2000 Credit du Nord is 80% owned by Societe Generale and 20% by Dexia. The company serves over 1.5 million customers.

Crédit Lyonnais was acquired by Crédit Agricole in 2003 and is now known as LCL (Le Crédit Lyonnais).

Crédit Mutuel Group – A leading player in the banking sector in France with a market share of 17.3% of credits and 15% of deposits. The Group serves over 11 million customers.

Dexia – A Belgian-French financial institution.

Groupama – An international insurance group based in Paris, France. With over 38,000 employees, it serves over 16 million customers. Groupama is number one mutual insurance company in France.

HSBC France – A subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, UK. It provides a full range of banking and financial services to its customers including retail, corporate, investment and private banking and insurance. As of June 2011, the company had over US$324.0 billion in total assets.

La Banque Postale – A postal French bank established on 1 January, 2006. It operates as a subsidiary of La Poste. As of March 2014, Banque Postale had deposits of over $400.0 billion.

Natixis – A French corporate and investment bank created in November 2006. Groupe Caisse d'Epargne and Banque Populaire are the two main shareholders of Natixis.

Oddo & Cie – Oddo & Cie is developing its activities in the two complementary fields of investment banking and capital management. The Group's ambition is to provide clients with its market expertise. Following the acquisition of Banque d’Orsay, Oddo & Cie has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire Banque Robeco, Groupe Robeco's private banking arm.

Societe Generale – One of the largest financial services groups in the eurozone. The Group employs approximately 146,000 people and has about 2,200 branches in France and over 5,300 locations worldwide.

Sofinco is a brand of Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crédit Agricole Group.

The Biggest French Banks

 Total assets (EUR million)

Rank Bank 12/2015 12/2014 12/2013 12/2012 12/2011 12/2010 12/2009 12/2008
1 BNP Paribas 1,994,193 2,077,759 1,800,139 1,907,200 1,965,283 1,998,158 2,057,698 2,075,551
2 Credit Agricole Group 1,698,900 1,762,763 1,706,326 1,783,220 1,879,536 1,730,846 1,693,763 1,783,972
3 Societe Generale 1,334,391 1,308,170 1,235,262 1,250,889 1,181,372 1,132,072 1,023,701 1,130,003
4 Groupe BPCE 1,166,535 1,223,298 1,123,520 1,147,521 1,138,395 1,048,442 1,028,802 1,143,679
5 Credit Mutuel Group 739,809 706,700 657,810 645,216 605,220 591,309 579,038 -
6 La Banque Postale 218,708 212,834 201,377 195,787 185,712 173,016 171,251 111,945
7 HSBC France 168,000 201,018 208,893 225,208 221,390 210,836 213,444 266,025

* Crédit Agricole Group includes Crédit Agricole S.A., local Banks and Regional Banks.