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What changes in France in June 2021?

As well as the next step of the reopening after lockdown, June also brings tax deadlines and a crucial cutoff date for Brits living in France.

What changes in France in June 2021?
Music festivals, cafés and the health passport - here's what is changing in France. All photos: AFP

New stages of the easing of Covid-19 lockdown

In May, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out a four-step plan to reopen the country after weeks of nationwide restrictions to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

June sees steps 3 and 4 of this plan, although both are dependant on the health situation remaining under control.

Step 3: from June 9

Step 3 sees bars, restaurants and cafés allowed to reopen their indoor spaces, while the curfew is pushed back to 11pm and workers return to the office.

For full details of the reopening plan, click HERE.

Step 4: from June 30

The final stage of reopening sees events of up to 1,000 people – indoor and outdoor – allowed again, an end to limits on numbers in restaurants and the end of the curfew.

Health passport

From June 9th, France’s ‘health passport’ becomes active. 

The pass itself is already up and running via the TousAntiCovid app but from June 9th it will start to be required to enter certain large events such as concerts or sports matches. The app allows users to provide one of three things:  a vaccination certificate, proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken in the previous 48 hours, or proof that you have recently recovered from Covid (having tested positive more than two weeks ago and less than six months ago).

It will not come into use for international travel until July 1st.

For full details on how to use the health passport, click HERE.

Travel allowed again from USA

One part of the reopening plan concerns overseas travel, with a provisional date of June 9th to allow travel from non-EU countries including the USA.

This will be using the health passport.

Brexit deadline

Brits who moved to France before December 31st, 2020 have until June 30th to apply for residency. This applies to everyone, even if you have been living in France for a long time, previously had a residency card or are married to a French person. Find out how to apply HERE.

Gradual withdrawal of furlough money 

With lockdown easing, state support for workers who are temporarily unemployed because of lockdown is lowered from June.

From June 1st, workers on chomage partiel (partial unemployment, or furlough) will only get 60 percent of the amount of their gross salary, instead of 70 percent. This means 72 percent of their net salary instead of 84 percent. Employees working in the sectors most affected by the pandemic (hotels, restaurants, tourism, events) aren’t concerned. 

Higher Gas prices 

On June 1st, regulated gas prices with French utility multinational Engie will increase by 4.4 percent. 

This increase will be of 1.2 percent for customers who use gas for cooking, 2.6 percent for those who use gas for cooking and hot water, and 4.6 percent for homes with gas heating.

Tax deadlines

While the annual tax declaration was due on May 26th for those living in départements 1 to 19, residents of French départements 20 to 54 have until June 1st, 2021 at 11.59pm to file their tax returns.

As for those living in French départements 55 to 976, they still have until Monday June 8th, 2021 at 11.59pm. 

Full details of who needs to complete a declaration and how to fill in the form HERE.

End of the ‘winter truce’ 

The annual ‘winter truce’ ends on June 1st. 

French government had extended the winter eviction truce for the second year in a row due to the continuing Covid-19 health crisis. 

La trêve hivernale usually runs for five months, from November 1st until March 31st, and marks a period when French landlords are not legally allowed to evict their tenants for any reason.

This year, more than 33 000 households – about 66 000 people’ according to the Abbé Pierre Foundation – risk being evicted. 

Summer sales

The summer sales begin on June 30th this year, pushed back a week at the request of business owners who have been struggling with lockdown and curfew.

Fête de la musique

The annual music festival will take place on its usual date of June 21st, with extra rules on curfew, mask-wearing and social distancing.

Google Photos is no longer free

Sad news for Google Photos users. From June 1st, the cloud storage provider will start charging for storage once more than 15 gigs on the account have been used. 

It will cost €2 per month or €20 per year to be able to store 100 gigs. Also, users who have been inactive for 2 years in Gmail, Drive or Photos may have their content deleted. 

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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


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.