Opening a bank account in France is not a practical option if you are only staying for the summer. It’s a complicated process, and you need to present proof of address in the form of a bill in your name.
There are many ATM machines with language options and most of them accept foreign cards (check for the Cirrus or the Plus logo). If you have an account with Bank of America, you can avoid cash withdrawal charges by using the machines at BNP banks.
Before you leave the U.S., tell your bank that you will be abroad. This is very important, since for security reasons some banks stop the use of the card if they register activity in places other than the ones regularly used. You may also want to confirm the limit on the daily amount you are allowed to withdraw overseas. The limit abroad may be different from your limit at home.
French banks are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some regional banks close for lunch, and some banks that are open on Saturdays may be closed on Mondays.
You can receive money from the U.S. easily and speedily through Western Union. There are many Western Union desks in France. You need to present your passport or a photo ID, and you need to know the name and address of the sender as well as the amount sent to you.