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We are in Paris now and I could not use my chip and signature cards at any metro ticket machine. I will not rule out my stupidity but I think I tried inserting it every way possible into the machine.

Places like Notre Dame and Versailles had no problems with regular ccs (i.e. no chip). Of course there are food places that accept no cards.

I also tried using a cc at the airport to buy Roissy bus tickets but had to resort to using Euros.

There are many credit cards with no foreign fees such as many Chase cards (e.g. sapphire, hyatt, british air).

There is one credit union which has chip and pin but it can take a while to get one. I think they have been swamped with apps. Cant recall the name of it.

Fortunately there are many atms around Paris. Just make sure you have some emergency Euros at all times plus about 10 euros in change. We ran into one machine that only took coins or ccs and had to wait in line to buy tickets from a person.

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