It is true that some French credit cards have an age bar attached to obtaining them.
A reader from Lot wrote to say that as Barclaycard had ended credit card services to residents without a UK billing address, he applied for a credit card from Banque Populaire.
He was refused because he was 70. “Had I applied before, it would have continued until death. I could accuse them of being ageist,” he said.
“I needed a card to hire a car in the UK. Most UK hire firms require one so they can place a forward demand of £1,000 on it in the case of an accident or puncture.”
A Banque Populaire spokeswoman said:
“Credit cards of the Facélia type in our bank, an international payment card with renewable credit, require the person taking this out to be aged 18-69.”
Other criteria include living in France and not being on any credit blacklists.
Debit cards have no such restrictions, she said.
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