Visa Europe France and its member banks have teamed up to deploy contactless payments in Strasbourg.
The launch follows the instalment of contactless payments in Nice in May 2010.
BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole, and HSBC are among the Visa Europe’s member banks that are involved in the Strasbourg pilot.
Gerard Neboy, managing director, Visa Europe France said: “Within a few years, everyone in France will be able to benefit from this technology.”
Visa Europe has issued 23.3 million contactless Visa cards have been issued so far with Britain being currently the most active country in terms of contactless payment, with 15 million cards issued to date.
Mark Austin, head of contactlss, Visa Europe told Electornic payments contactless payments gives consumers a convenient, fast and secure way to pay, simply by passing their contactless card over the merchant’s terminal.
“The speed of contactless transactions benefits retailers by decreasing checkout times and thereby increasing throughput.”