New laws and changes in France: August 2020

The new laws to note this month in France.
The new laws to note this month in France.

Paternity leave, electric scooters and pay tax at tabacs - here’s what changes in France this month.

Thermostats

Households may obtain €150 of state aid to install a greener, more “intelligent” home heating thermostat. The simplest way to benefit is to have it installed by an RGE-certified firm (see tinyurl.com/yb6tuxoc). Available for all homes.

Read more: French homeowners warned of new ‘eco’ insulation scam

Gas tariffs 

Regulated gas prices – at state-fixed rates – are being “smoothed out” to avoid abrupt changes for customers. In July, they would have dropped 5.1% compared to June if based on wholesale prices to firms, which have been low due to Covid-19. They dropped by 0.3%, to avoid a steep rise in winter.

Cigarette prices

Many cigarette brands have risen in price 10-20 centimes, linked to rising tax aimed ...

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