BNP Paribas S.A. is a French international banking group. It is the world's 8th largest bank by total assets,and currently operates with a presence in 77 countries. It was formed through the merger of Banque Nationale de Paris and Paribas in 2000,but has a corporate identity stretching back to its first foundation in 1848 as a national bank. It is one of three major international French banks,along with Société Générale and Crédit Agricole. The group is listed on the first market of Euronext Paris and a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index, while it also included in the French CAC 40 index.