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Decline in worldwide acceptance of AmEx

My wife and I just returned from a three-week driving tour of France. What we re-learned was to follow the suggestions of the Sav Trav. When we offered American Express Travelers Cheques in French francs, what we heard was, "non, non, non; carte credit, s'il vous plait"; and, when we offered an American Express credit card, it was, "Visa, s'il vous plait." The banks, if they would accept the American Express Travelers Cheques in French francs, charged from six and a half to 10 percent to change them into francs. We had to resort to using our Visa at ATM's, which brings me back to the original premise: You suggested this as a best alternative to carrying cash in France. You were right, again! Thanks for your show and Web site.



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