First of all, you should know that it is required to have a local bank account for most of the administrative procedures you will have to carry out (registration with the Health Insurance, electricity/gas plan, mobile plan, internet bundle, housing aid application).
We therefore strongly recommend that you open a local bank account as soon as you arrive in France, as this will make it easier for you 👍
We compared all the French banks based on 4 criteria:
Digital and easy to use
Bank account & Mastercard
Inexpensive, no hidden fees
Multilingual customer support
A bank stands out from the crowd and meets all these criteria, Monese