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BNP Paribas' Nickel eyes European push though small shops

BNP Paribas logo is seen outside a bank office in Bordeaux

PARIS (Reuters) - BNP Paribas <BNPP.PA>'s Nickel bank, which sells debit cards and current accounts at tobacconist networks in France, plans to launch in Spain across lottery shops next year as part of a strategy to expand in Europe by 2024.

It is also seeking to increase the number of clients in France to 4 million by end-2024 from 1.5 million currently.

Nickel accounts are available at more than 5,000 tobacconists in France, as the bank seeks to lure people who may be unable to open a traditional bank account.

Nickel said that apart from Spain, it is looking at expanding in Portugal, Belgium, Italy and Austria.

(Reporting by Maya Nikolaeva; Editing by Sarah White)