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Everything that changes in France from August 2017

As usual the start of a new month in France heralds some minor but potentially significant changes that could affect you.

Everything that changes in France from August 2017
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Gas prices 
 
From August 1st, the price of gas will drop by an average of 0.8 percent, France's energy regulator (CRE) has announced. 
 
Those who only use gas for cooking will benefit from a price reduction of 0.3 percent, while people using it for both cooking and heating water will benefit from a reduction of 0.5 percent. 
 
But consumers who use it to heat their homes will benefit the most, with a 0.8 percent drop in prices. And among those, people using a small boiler room will see a drop of 1 percent in their bills.
 
Livret A
 
Anyone who is trying to save money through the Livret A accounts in France isn't likely to get rich quick.
 
The interest rates which have dropped to 0.75 percent will not see any change, and it will remain that way until February 1st 2018. 
 
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Electricity prices
 
Following the recommendations of France's energy regulator (CRE), the price of electricity will go up for personal properties and small businesses. 
 
The hike is set to affect more than 27 million homes. 
 
Navigo pass
 
From August 1st people in the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France will be paying €75,20 (instead of €73) for the Navigo pass, which is used on Metro, trains and buses each month. 
 
The price of the “carnet” – a book of ten single fare tickets very popular with visitors to the French capital – will also be going up by 40 centimes from €14.50 to €14.90 euros.

LIVING IN FRANCE

What’s changing about life in France in June 2019

At the beginning of each month, there are many changes in France. Here is an overview of what is coming into effect this June.

What’s changing about life in France in June 2019
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Electricity prices going up
 
EDF (électricité de France) will be increasing electricity prices by 5.9 percent starting June 1st.
 
For the average household, this means that the cost of energy will increase around €85 per year, according to EDF estimations.
 
 
Photo: Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP
 
The increase was proposed on February 7th by the CRE (commission de régulation d'énergie) in order to cover rising costs, but the government decided to wait until the end of winter to apply the price hike. Several news organisations (France Info, BFMTV) also cite the role of the ‘Yellow Vest’ protests in delaying the measure.
 
Gas prices continue to fall
 
Gas prices will continue to decrease slight, by 0.45 percent, in the month of June. The reduction is part of measures taken in January to placate the 'yellow vests'. June, however, is the last month that these reductions are to be applied.
 
 
Photo: Philippe HUGUEN / AFP
 
Last chance to file taxes
 
Those living in départements numbered 50 through 976 have until midnight on Tuesday, June 4th to file their tax declaration online (everyone else should have filed already).
 
Reminder: despite the fact that it’s still necessary to file a tax return, 2018 is a “white year”, which means that, in order to avoid paying double the taxes in 2019, French taxpayers are allowed to skip 2018 except on “exceptional” income. 
 
“Exceptional” income are sums that are likely to be one-offs for 2018, like compensation for breach of contract (if the amount qualifies as taxable), one-time retirement allowances, income from stakes or profit-sharing schemes that are not part of an employee savings program and capital gains on movable or immovable assets. 
 
For more information, read our article on this year’s tax declarations in France.
 
Summer sales
 
The summer soldes (sales) will take place from Tuesday, June 26th through Tuesday, August 6th in most of France, and July 3rd through August 13th in the Alpes-Maritimes and Pyrénées-Orientales. Dates also vary slightly in overseas territories, and can be found here.
 
The dates and conduct of sales in France are strictly controlled by the Code de commerce, which permits these promotions twice a year – once in January-February, after the holidays, and once in summer. These are the only times when French retailers are allowed to sell at a loss, according to specific rules laid out by the Code de commerce.
 
 
Photo: Philippe HUGUEN / AFP
 
Consultation regarding fixed-line telephone numbers
 
The Arcep (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes) is holding an online survey now through June 7th to ask users whether they want to be able to keep their landline telephone numbers, even when they move to a different region.
 
Currently, landline telephone users are obligated to change their numbers when the moving elsewhere in France, because these numbers are organised by region of residence (01 for Ile-de-France, 02 for the north west, etc.). Fixed-line users will now have a chance to make themselves heard on the subject.
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