French bank account only demands are illegal

French consumer fraud agency the DGCCRF has warned firms it is illegal to refuse payments in euros from bank accounts in other EU countries, including the UK, under the SEPA agreement.

This means, for example, UK residents with French holiday homes should not need a French bank account to pay French utility bills and instead can pay from a UK account... if their UK bank allows it.

If done through a normal account, costs should be no more than a local transfer (plus currency exchange fees if appropriate) and the money should be paid in 1 ...

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