Apple Pay launches in France with support for MasterCard and Visa

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Apple has continued its rollout of its mobile payment service, Apple Pay, on Tuesday, debuting in France, the eighth major market to get the service since launch.

Local French blog iPhone Addict noted this week that Apple announced Apple Pay was available on its local website earlier today.

In France, MasterCard and Visa from Banque Populaire, Caisse Epargne, Carrefour Banque and Ticket Restaurant can be added to the service, with support coming soon for Boon and Orange. Apple mentions fifteen major chains taking part in the scheme, including its own retail stores, with Boulanger, Orange and department store Galleries Lafayette coming soon.

The launch today is just two weeks after Switzerland received Apple Pay support earlier this month, and a month after the firm revealed progress towards launching in France at this years WWDC conference.

Since it was introduced in the US in 2014, Apple Pay has reached Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK.

Earlier this year in an interview, the service’s chief Jennifer Bailey said the firm is focused on aggressively rolling out in Europe and Asia, with the goal of bringing the service to every major market where Apple sells its products. Next on the list is expected to be Hong Kong.

SOURCE: AppleInsider.

Larry Banks is a keen follower of technology and finance. He has worked for a variety of online publications, writing about a diverse range of topics including mobile networks, patents, and Internet video delivery technologies.