Visa_BP.pngLaunched in the US in 2005, contactless payment systems begin to gain traction in France. This system proved to be very popular in the US for small amounts, credit card companies have waived their signature requirements for so-called “small ticket” items; Visa, for instance, doesn’t require your signature for purchases at or below $25. It seems that banks in France will follow the same path, which is a good news both for contactless usage and NFC applications when those payment applications will be embedded in a mobile phone.

More information (in French) here: La Banque populaire va tester à Besançon le paiement sans contact pendant six mois. Il concerne les achats de moins de 20 euros

And here: Le paiement par carte bancaire sans contact à l’essai en France