Societe Generale to shut 600 branches in France

PARIS (AFP) – French bank Societe Generale said yesterday it planned to close 600 branches in France in the next five years as it consolidates its network around the country.

The group said it would merge its Societe Generale branches with those of its subsidiary Credit du Nord, leading to the closures and an unspecified number of job losses.

Deputy General Manager of the group Sebastien Proto told AFP there would be no forced redundancies with the group relying on retirements and “natural departures”.

Societe Generale is keen to cut costs after reporting a loss in the first six months of the year of more than EUR1 billion (USD1.2 billion).

The traditional banking sector is undergoing huge change worldwide because of falling demand for in-person services in branches, as well as competition from new so-called “fintech” groups which are taking on the industry’s legacy institutions.

Societe Generale said it planned to have 1,500 branches by the end of 2025 from 2,100 currently.

Logo of French bank Societe Generale. PHOTO: AFP