New laws and changes in France: May 2021

EU tyres will now show ice and snow information, gas prices will rise, newly-qualified teachers will receive an extra bonus and pay for unemployed people in training is increased

30 April 2021
Gas prices, tyres, funding for teachers and unemployed in training. New laws and changes in France: May 2021

Each new month brings new changes in France. We summarise the main points in May 2021 Pic: Pixabay / Mike / Tima Miroshnichenko / Pexels / Pexels License

By Hannah Thompson

Each new month brings new changes in France. We summarise the main points for May, including a rise in gas prices, a new EU tyre classification, and new funding for the unemployed and newly-qualified teachers.

Gas prices

Regulated gas prices will rise by an average of 1.1%.

This will include a rise of 0.3% for people who use gas for cooking, 0.7% for cooking and hot water, and 1.2% for gas heating.

This rise is due to the global price for liquid natural gas. Yet, despite this month’s rise, gas prices have dropped by 12% since January 1, 2019.

EU tyre classification

The classification labelling system for tyres across the EU will change from May 1 to include information about snow and ice.

The new system is intended to be easier to understand than the previous system and enable motorists to make a better choice.

As well as the information that was already included - fuel consumption, wet weather performance, and noise - the new labels will also explain the tyre’s performance on snow and ice.

It will also apply to HGV tyres.

Newly-qualified teacher bonus

New teachers are to receive a financial bonus.

This bonus will benefit nearly a third (31%) of permanent staff teachers during the first 15 years of their career and will decrease by seniority. 

The bonus will amount to a maximum of €100 net per month for a permanent teacher, and €54 net per month for a contracted teacher.

Increased pay for unemployed people in training

Unemployed people who are in training, and who do not receive unemployment benefits, will see their pay rise from May 1 for the first time since 2002.

Young people aged 16 and 17 will receive €200 net per month, compared to €130 before. People aged 18-25 will receive €500, compared to €325 before. Those aged over 25 will receive €685 net, compared to €401 previously.

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