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Fuel protests in France: MAP reveals locations of planned road blocks

A growing protest group known as the 'yellow vests' are planning to block French roads and bring traffic to a standstill across the country on November 17th to voice their anger over the rising cost of diesel and petrol in France. Here's where the protests are set to take place.

Fuel protests in France: MAP reveals locations of planned road blocks
Photo: Screengrab/blocage17novembre
Increasingly it looks like November 17th might be a day to avoid hitting the road in France altogether. 
 
Below is a map that shows where the planned protests will be although there are likely to b ones that are not on the map as organisers hope to cause as much disruption as possible (see link below).
 
 
How the 'yellow vests' are planning to block France's roads on Saturday
 
A new motorists protest movement in France — that has been dubbed the 'yellow vests' (gilets jaunes) — are hoping to force the government to lower the prices of fuel which have been rising steadily over the past few months. 
 
And in order to achieve this, the gilets jaunes, named after the high-visibility vests that French motorists have to carry in their cars – are calling for the blocking of roads and highways in France and Belgium on Saturday November 17th.
 
However the fuel protests are about more than just the price of petrol and can be seen as part of a longstanding friction in France between the capital and the countryside.
 
 
This week French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the protest movement was “irrational” and vowed that police would intervene if road blockages prevented emergency services from being able to get through.
 
“We will not tolerate any total blockages,” said Castaner.
 
A map (see below) for those who want to take part in the movement, produced by website blocage17novembre, shows exactly where in France angry motorists are planning action, with the protest locations appropriately marked by the yellow vest icons. 
 
To see your area in more detail, you can zoom in on the map. 
 
It also comes in handy for anyone planning to take to the road that day so that they know where to avoid… and if the map is anything to go by that includes a lot of places. 
 
Although it's worth noting that the situation could still change an there may be less or even more road blocks than those included on the map.
 
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The movement which first developed after angry posts on social media has grown out of anger at the price of diesel and petrol which have risen in the last year by 23 percent and 15 percent respectively. 
 
But so far the threats have failed to move the French government too much, with French President Emmanuel Macron standing firm on Monday. 
 
“I fully back the plan to bring the level of taxation on diesel up to a level with petrol. I prefer to tax fuel to than to tax workers,” said the president.
 
However he has also suggested that there could be state aid available for those who have to travel more than 30 km per day by car. 
 
“The Hauts-de-France region has offered transport assistance for those who have more than 30 km per day of travel, and I asked the government to see how we can support this,” Macron said.
 
Meanwhile, certain French supermarkets are trying to ease the burden on drivers' wallets by cutting the price of petrol and diesel.

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What changes in France in July 2022

Summer's here and the time is right for national celebrations, traffic jams, strikes, Paris beaches, and ... changing the rules for new boilers.

What changes in France in July 2022

Summer holidays

The holiday season in France officially begins on Thursday, July 7th, as this is the date when school’s out for the summer. The weekend immediately after the end of the school year is expected to be a busy one on the roads and the railways as families start heading off on vacation.

READ ALSO 8 things to know about driving in France this summer

Strikes

But it wouldn’t really be summer in France without a few strikes – airport employees at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports will walk out on July 1st, while SNCF rail staff will strike on July 6th. Meanwhile Ryanair employees at Paris, Marseille and Toulouse airports will strike on yet-to-be-confirmed dates in July.

READ ALSO How strikes and staff shortages will affect summer in France

Parliamentary fireworks?

Prime minister Elisabeth Borne will present the government’s new programme in parliament on July 5th – this is expected to be a tricky day for the Macron government, not only does it not have the parliamentary majority that it needs to pass legislation like the new package of financial aid to help householders deal with the cost-of-living crisis, but opposition parties have indicated that they will table a motion of no confidence against Borne.

Parliament usually breaks for the summer at the end of July, but a special extended session to allow legislation to be passed means that MPs won’t get to go on holiday until at least August 9th. 

Fête nationale

July 14th is a public holiday in France, commemorating the storming of the Bastille which was the symbolic start of the French Revolution. As usual, towns and cities will host parades and fireworks – with the biggest military parade taking place on the Champs-Elysées in Paris – and many stores will remain closed.

As the national holiday falls on a Thursday this year, many French workers will take the opportunity to faire le pont.

Festival season really kicks in

You know summer’s here when France gets festival fever, with events in towns and cities across the country. You can find our pick of the summer celebrations here.

Paris Plages

The capital’s popular urban beaches return on July 9th on the banks of the Seine and beside the Bassin de la Villette in northern Paris, bringing taste of the seaside to the capital with swimming spots, desk chairs, beach games and entertainment.  

Summer sales end 

Summer sales across most of the country end on July 19th – unless you live in Alpes-Maritimes, when they run from July 6th to August 2nd, or the island of Corsica (July 13th to August 9th).

Tour de France

The Tour de France cycle race sets off on July 1st from Copenhagen and finishes up on the Champs-Elysée in Paris on July 24th.

New boilers

From July 1st, 2022, new equipment installed for heating or hot water in residential or professional buildings, must comply with a greenhouse gas emissions ceiling of 300 gCO2eq/KWh PCI. 

That’s a technical way of saying oil or coal-fired boilers can no longer be installed. Nor can any other type of boiler that exceeds the ceiling.

As per a decree published in the Journal Officiel in January, existing appliances can continue to be used, maintained and repaired, but financial aid of up to €11,000 is planned to encourage their replacement. 

Bike helmets

New standards for motorbike helmets come into effect from July 1st. Riders do not need to change their current helmets, but the “ECE 22.05” standard can no longer be issued – and all helmets sold must adhere to a new, more stringent “ECE 22.06” standards from July 2024

New cars

From July 6th new car models must be equipped with a black box that record driving parameters such as speed, acceleration or braking phases, wearing (or not) of a seat belt, indicator use, the force of the collision or engine speed, in case of accidents.

New cars II

From July 1st, the ecological bonus for anyone who buys an electric vehicle drops by €1,000, while rechargeable hybrids will be excluded from the aid system, “which will be reserved for electric vehicles whose CO2 emission rate is less than or equal to 20g/km”.

What’s in a name?

Historically, the French have been quite restrictive on the use of family names – remember the concern over the use of birth names on Covid vaccine documents? – but it becomes easier for an adult to choose to bear the name of his mother, his father, or both by a simple declaration to the civil status. All you have to do is declare your choice by form at the town hall of your home or place of birth.

Eco loans

In concert with the new boiler rules, a zero-interest loan of up to €30,000 to finance energy-saving renovations can be combined with MaPrimeRénov’, a subsidy for financing the same work, under certain conditions, from July 1st.

Rent rules

Non-professional private landlords advertising properties for rent must, from July 1st, include specific information about the property on the ad, including the size of the property in square metres, the area of town in which the property is in, the monthly rent and any supplements, whether the property is in a rent-control area, and the security deposit required. Further information, including the full list of requirements for any ad, is available here.

Perfume ban

More perfumes are to be added to a banned list for products used by children, such as soap-making kits, cosmetic sets, shampoos, or sweet-making games, or toys that have an aroma.

Atranol, chloroatranol (extracts of oak moss containing tannins), and methyl carbonate heptin, which smells like violets, will be banned from July 5th, because of their possible allergenic effects.

Furthermore, 71 new allergenic fragrances – including camphor, menthol, vanilin, eucalyptus spp. leaf oil, rose flower oil, lavendula officinalis, turpentine – will be added to the list of ingredients that must be clearly indicated on a toy or on an attached label.

Ticket resto limits

The increased ticket resto limit ended on June 30th, so from July 1st employees who receive the restaurant vouchers will once again be limited to spending €19 per day in restaurants, cafés and bars. The limit was increased to €38 during the pandemic, when workers were working from home.

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