The Euro is the French currency and Sterling and other currencies cannot generally be changed in most banks. Your bank in the UK or your home country will provide you with Euros and many accounts now offer ‘commission free’ foreign currency. It is worth asking for some low denomination notes, 5s and 10s as well as 20s, 50s and hundreds. Your credit/debit cards will work in all French cash machines and we haven’t found one yet that doesn’t have instructions for use in English and other languages. As in England these are widely available and ‘open’ 24 hours a day. There is a cash machine in the car park beside the village Post Office.
There is no restriction on the amount of money you can take into France but there is a limit on what you can take out. If you intend to take large amounts of money out of France then ask for a currency declaration from when you arrive in France.
French banks are open in the morning from nine until noon and tend to close for 2 hours or so around lunchtime and open until about 5pm in the evening. In some areas they will also open on Saturday morning.