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Everything that changes in France in November 2017

The start of November on Wednesday heralds some pretty significant changes to daily life if you live in France. Read on.

Everything that changes in France in November 2017
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Car registrations

In the past anyone who bought a car, whether new or second hand had to go to the prefecture to obtain a “carte gris”, the name given to the registration certificate.

From November 6th however buyers of cars in France MUST apply for one online by visiting this website.

CLICK HERE for more information on the Carte Gris.

Doctors visits

The cost of visiting a doctor in France will rise from November for certain patients with complex health problems or for those who require a more thorough consultation.

A visit to a general doctor will remain 25 euros but for those suffering from issues that require a more complex examination and consultation such as eating disorders, advice on contraception or asthma or neurological disorders will have to pay either 45 euros, or even 60 euros if it is judged “very complex”.

Postal deliveries

From November 19th France's La Poste will deliver packages on Sunday via its Chronopost service in 14 of the biggest cities, plus Paris and the Ile de France region. The service will be rolled out to cover all of France in 2018.

Winter truce begins

France's annual winter truce begins on Wednesday November 1st. This is not a ceasefire between politicians or between those who say pain au chocolat and their chocolatine enemies. It's a truce between landlords and tenants which means no one can be evicted until April next year, even if the owner has a court order giving them the green light.

If you want to know more about the winter truce click here.

Civil partnerships

Civil partnerships in France, known as PACS, must now be signed by the couple in the Town Hall as is the case for marriages. Previously, couples had to sign up to a civil union at the tribunal d'instance or district court. All administration relating to the PACS union, even annulling one, has been passed on to Town Halls.

Unemployment benefits for elderly residents

The time period for which over 50s can claim unemployment benefit (chomage) changes in November. Chomeurs aged 50 to 53 can claim for a maximum period of two years, while those aged 53 and 54 have two-and-a-half years, and those aged 55 and over can receive payments for three years. Previously, anyone aged 50 or more who was entitled to chomage could claim for three years.

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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