BNP Paribas S.A. is France's largest bank by market value. It has one of the largest international banking networks with locations in over 85 countries. It's one of the three "old banks" in France and the largest French company and fifth largest bank in the world. While it is a thoroughly French institution, only about a third of its revenue comes from France.
BNP is widely considered one of Europe's most stable and well-run banks. It was one of the few profitable ones through the credit crunch and the first European bank to repay a government stake taken in the midst of the global financial crisis. Known for a balance between retail and investment banking, it suffered relatively little from exposure to subprime loans. The French banking giant recently got even larger with the acquisition of Fortis, a Dutch-Belgian banking and insurance company, which was once Belgium's largest bank until its near collapse. Its integration is a priority, although the bank is also eyeing small acquisitions.
The bank is a big sponsor of tennis and cinema, especially French film. Its very French headquarters is in a 18th-century town house in the narrow streets of central Paris.