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Leasing: Is it really this way in Nice (France)?

I am trying to lease a flat in Nice, but was very surprised by the terms offered.

They said they wanted €16.200 in a locked French bank account as a security deposit. It equates to one year of lease. In addition there were the normal agency and "other" deposits.

I was told that this will be the way it is for anyone who is not French.

Can someone please help educate me???

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