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I have seen so many questions on Fodors regarding the use of foreign credit cards, so I thought it may be helpful if I add my experiences to the mix.

We are currently in France, and are travelling with debit and credit cards, both with and without chips. Our cards have been issued in Australia. We make our banks aware where we will be and when, so we don't get any nasty surprises with the cards being stopped because of unexpected overseas use.

On autoroutes none of our cards are accepted - so cash is essential. One trip we had our French cousin in the car with us, and having tried all our cards in the toll machine without success, his French card worked just fine.

In supermarkets it depends on the individual stores. For instance, Intermarche in our little town won't accept any of our credit cards, but the same brand of supermarket in the neighbouring town will.

Individual stores also vary, so we've found that its impossible to rely on cards, and make sure we always carry a reasonable amount of cash as backup.

When our credit cards are accepted, a signature is always required - the option to use a pin doesn't arise. Di

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