I have just received a newletter from credit union and they have an article on using Visa in France. It says they have been advised by Visa International that there may be some acceptance issues. Some merchants have refused to accept cards without micro chip or require a signature instead of a PIN for the chip transaction. It then goes on to say that the majority of merchants will accept both magnetic swipe only cards and chip and PIN cards however Visa cardholders should be aware that chip and PIN security measures have been adopted in France. It is advisable for travellers to that travellers withdraw cash from an ATM.
It advises if you are going to France and encounter difficulties you should insist the merchant swipe your card or ask the merchant to contact their issuer.
Anyone know about this or had problems?