France's La Poste might have roots as a poste aux chevaux (pony express), but it is galloping into the future. The company delivers letters throughout France and other countries via a network of 470 branches. The company runs most of its mail business through Le Courrier. Its ColiPoste unit handles parcel delivery in France, and sister unit GeoPost offers international express letter and parcel delivery. In addition, La Poste offers financial services (savings accounts and other products) through its Banque Postale subsidiary. The company traces its historical roots all the way back to the 15th century, during the reign of King Louis XI.