Societe Generale, one of the top commercial banks in France and a leading Visa card issuer, said it will offer cardholders access to MasterCard's Cirrus automated teller machine network. Beginning in May, with an initial issuance of 500,000 cards, Societe Generale's Service Eclair debit cards will be usable in 21,200 French Cirrus ATMs and 345,000 Cirrus terminals worldwide.

Service Eclair cards have been accepted only in Societe Generale's 2,000-machine Caisse Eclair network and at ATMs in the Sogenal system.

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