Apple Pay in France just got a big boost. Two of the countries biggest banks, BNP Paribas and HSBC, have both brought support for the service to their customers. Both banks have brought the service online today and customers should be able to registered their debit and credit cards with Apple Wallet on their devices to use Apple Pay where it is accepted. Note that in the case of BNP Paribas, only debit cards with the Visa logo will be able to be registered. With BNP Paribas and HSBC now supporting it, Apple Pay is supported by 27 different financial institutions in France.
Apple and France have been in the news recently with the Cupertino tech giant finally reaching a settlement with the country’s tax authorities yesterday. Apple has agreed to pay some $571 million in back taxes to the country.
The addition of BNP Paribas and HSBC is great news for consumers in France as effectively ever major banking service in the country supports Apple Pay. This is coupled with a major portion of French retailers accepting the tap-to-pay service.
As with other countries, French customers will need to add their supported credit or debit cards to Apple Wallet on their iPhone in order to use the service. If the card is supported, Wallet will walk you through the authentication process with your bank to add it. Once done, you can use Pay with those cards wherever it is accepted.