July 1: Tourist quotas, Tour de France, Gas tariffs changes
Only a certain number of people will be granted entry to the areas, and visitors will have to book in advance (for free) here; the limits will last until September 3.
The day will also see the start of the iconic Tour de France cycle race, which will kick off in Bilbao before finishing on July 23 in Paris.
Finally, from this date gas contracts in France will no longer be regulated, with all homes switching to a market contract.
July 2: Fête du Cinéma
France’s Fête du Cinéma will run from July 2 - July 5 and see tickets reduced to €5 across cinemas in the country.
July 8: First day of school holidays, Paris Plages
Saturday (July 8) is the first official day of school holidays in France, although many will break up a day earlier.
The holidays will last until Monday, September 4, when children return to school for the 2023 - 2024 year.
July 8 is also the first day of the Paris Plages, which will see various events and activities along the banks of the Seine and at La Villette basin, running until August 27.
July 13: Lyon-Barcelona train line begins
Spain’s state-owned rail operator Renfe will begin running its Lyon-Barcelona trains on this day, before a Marseille-Madrid service starts on July 28.
Promotional tickets for as little as €19 (for domestic routes) and €29 (if travelling across the border from France) are available
July 13 - 14: Bal des Pompiers
Firefighters across France open their casernes (fire stations) and host the annual fireman’s ball (bal des pompiers).
Music, a bar, ballroom-style dancing and other events are held in the fire stations, with people of all ages invited to join.
Some events are hosted on the evening of July 13, the eve of France’s national holiday. Others are held on July 14 itself.
July 14: Fête Nationale
France’s national day (which is also a public holiday across the country) will see a number of events take place, including the traditional military parade on the Champs-Elysées.
Even though it is known as Bastille Day in the anglophone world, the French call it the Fête Nationale, or national day
July 24: Tax assessments begin to arrive
The first tax assessments will arrive by post (those who requested a paper copy should receive it by August 25).
Tax assessments will become available in people’s online accounts between July 26 and August 4, detailing whether you have tax to pay, a tax refund owed to you, or nothing.
Last year, tax refunds were paid between July 21 - August 1, and it is likely payments will be made before August again this year.
If you have extra tax to pay, this should come out of your account in September, or in staggered payments between September and December if you owe more than €300.
July 25: End of summer sales
Summer sales – which began on June 28 – will end on July 25.
Shops across France will look to sell off old stock during the month, meaning you could grab yourself a bargain – provided you find what you are looking for.
July 31: New deadline for mandatory property form
The deadline for the mandatory property declaration (biens immobiliers) – which was originally June 30 – has now been postponed a month.
Homeowners will now have until July 31 to complete the declaration, with tax authorities urging the almost 50% of people yet to submit it to do so.
The declaration can only be made via your personal space on the impots.gouv.fr tax site, or by calling the tax services on 0809 401 401 (if currently in France).