Largest French banks in 2016, by assets

In 2017, the group Crédit Agricole was the main bank in France by number of customers. Also called “the green bank”, a nickname that invokes its ties to the French agricultural sector, Crédit Agricole had around 52 million clients in 2017. Coming second after the Crédit Agricole, the BNP Paribas’ number of customers amounted in 2017 to approximately 32 million people.

BNP Paribas and Crédit Agricole: among leaders in the Europe by assets

With around 2.34 trillion U.S. dollars in assets in 2018, BNP Paribas was the ninth largest bank in the world and, at the same time, the second largest bank in Europe. From a global perspective, Crédit Agricole remains close to BNP Paribas as the tenth largest bank in the world with assets totaling roughly 2.12 trillion U.S. dollars. Yet, based on market capitalization which means on the closing value of the outstanding shares, none of these two banks figured among the top major banks in the world in 2017.

Chinese state-owned banks dominate the banking industry

Globally, the banking and financial services industry is dominated by the Chinese “big-four”, the four largest banks in China, which are simultaneously the four largest banks (by assets) in the world . Despite this, China was the country with the highest number of adults without a bank account in 2017.

Leading banks in France in 2016, by total assets

Total assets in billion euros
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Figures were rounded.
* Credit Agricole Group includes Credit Agricole S.A., Regional Banks and Local Banks.

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