French racism at municipal Aires??

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  1. campa cola

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    Just been reading about some French municipal Aires on the way up the med coast, in campercontact. Apparently entry to some is gained only by credit card.....a French credit card only!!! So is this an example of racist behaviour or French cock up, either way they have effectively banned foreign motorhomes!
     
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    Have you any example's?
     
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    I've come across aires which needed a French card to switch on the water.
     
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    Yes please, send me those places , and I'll have a chat with them!
    I would like to know if it's a Maire's decision.... Some Maire's decisions have been strongly rejected and pointed out by French motorhomers and I have read very recently some of these decisions had been cancelled!
    Any kind of racism can cancel this sort of décisions
     
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    This is disgusting ! When you come across such behaviour , please let me know. I know where to give this sort of info
     
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    It could also come from the bank which has installed the cash machine. May be the Mairie never thought of why it was cheaper than with another bank, so not really aware of what it implied.
    Best is to check the Aires'website. If there are more than one language (French obviously) ... than this is some sort of bug. Interesting to check indeed!

    Frankie
     
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    We found that the credit card vending machines for ski passes at a resort in the Alps this winter only operated with a card issued by a French bank
     
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    You see , this is exactly the kind of info which would tend to make me think it's a bank thing! Probably costing them more if it's a foreign card! Indeed to be checked as well. I really doubt a resort would try to only have french... this sounds stupid.
    But, if it's a bank thing, then nothing to do with racism, just bloomin interest!
     
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    Hardly racism, more like they haven't got their act together
     
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    The aire at the ferry port in Ouistreham only accepted French cards. If you rang the number on the machine you could get a ticket from a couple of locations.
     
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    I am sure it is just a bank thing. Nothing to do with racism. :)
     
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    We had our card declined last year at an Aire (for water) Camprcobtact ref 1750.
    We went to the tourist office and paid the fee in cash, took the recept to the mayors office, who promptly sent a guy to turn on the water for us.
    The mayors office explained that there had been an issue with their card processors accepting foreign cards and that they were aware of the problem.
     
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    No problem for us, we'll park our foreign van there because we have French bank accounts!:france:
    I remember years ago, lots of places would only take French cards but they soon realised they were missing out on extra business.
    In my experiences, the French are generally very good at accepting payments from everyone, they wouldn't use the race excuse, they tend to proud of their towns and villages and welcome everybody.
     
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    P.s. We love travelling in France - any problems experienced are just a slight delay in us having even more fun :)
     
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    Hi.
    Was this an instance ? Went into Leclerc at Boulogne for diesel ,being under 3mts. went in with the cars... Card not working,went out,came back in again in the lorry lanes,as i had while working,put card in,notice comes up on screen "English ?" pressed yes,all service was explained in English,filled up,got a receipt and away we came.
    This could be one way around it,late at night at a French Supermarket chain,just an idea.
    Tea Bag
     
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    There was once a time was there not when no English card worked in France (or at least the ones I once had) but never ever a problem .have always found, on the occasions needed, a French person who will use their own card in exchange for payment to themselves and will unwillingly take any higher amount other than needed.

    That’s at fuel pumps and on municipal sites (Saint-Denis-d-Oleron) a year or two back was one I remember in more recent times.

    I don’t believe it to be intentional or racist (imo)
     
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    We used a British credit card there, last week, with no problem. Maybe they've updated it.
     
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    Never had a problem in France. We have in Germany though.

    I don't think it's racist though. Just crap banking systems.
     
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    We were told a couple of years ago that no British cards would work at Aires anywhere in Brittany, and that certainly seemed to be the case. When I once asked a French chap for help with paying for me (I had the cash in my hand) he told me to push off and walk to the tourist office to pay. Nice chap. I hope he got eaten by vampire snails whilst he slept.
     
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    Isn't this more about discrimination rather then racism, although I think it's neither ...... Just a glitch in the machine or a bank problem...

    Why oh why do people chuck the racist card out of the Pram when it doesn't go their way ....:doh:
     
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