Every week, The Connexion publishes a number of practical articles to help those living in France or those who own property here.
But with the amount of news, they can be easy to miss, which is why we are starting a weekly round-up of practical stories every Sunday.
Here is this week’s wrap:
1. Changes to France’s vehicle safety checks
Two changes to France’s contrôle technique tests – which assess if cars are safe to drive on the roads – have been added.
They relate to installations on newer car models. Although they will not make tests much longer to undertake, the extra checks may marginally increase the price of the test.
2. New smartphone app helps you report scams easier
People in France can now report scams and fraud via a new smartphone app.
It is an extension of the existing Signal Conso government reporting website, which has been used by more than a quarter of a million consumers in the last three years.
3. What to do about changing gas contracts in France
Regulated gas tariffs are ending in France on June 30, when all customers will have to switch to a commercial tariff.
Our article provides tips on how to make the switch, and where to find further information about the new contracts.
4. Inheritance law changes on the back burner as tax cuts for the middle class take priority
Despite being a pledge of Macron’s 2022 election campaign, changes to inheritance law have taken a backseat in comparison to other tax cuts that will principally affect the middle class in France.
Some of the changes – such as to indirect inheritance – may however still be implemented if the state can find the resources to do so.
5. Challenges to pool ban in southern France begin
The Pyrénées-Orientales department in France banned the sale of swimming pools two weeks ago to prevent people from being ‘tempted’ to break drought restrictions and fill pools.
Swimming pool manufacturers say the ban stigmatises them and have started a fightback in court.