1: Origin must be shown for meat
All meat served in restaurants, as well as school, work and residential home canteens, must now show information about its country of origin. This has been in place for many years for beef but is now in force for pork, chicken and lamb. It only concerns meat that was bought in raw and not bought-in ready-made dishes.
French meat producers have welcomed the move, saying it will help people identify their meat, which they say is often produced with higher standards than many imported meats.
2: Tolls returning in Spain
Free trips along Spanish motorways are coming to an end for people who travel from France into the country.
The Spanish government says it will soon start re-establishing toll booths after a period in which the roads have been free of charge.
However, it is considering making the charge minimal, around a centime per kilometre –about one euro for Girona to Barcelona, for example. The firm managing the network is pressing for up to nine centimes instead.
3: Prices up on French autoroutes
Motorway péage increases have been put in place across France (they are reviewed every February). They include a 1.89% increase on the Cofiroute network (north west), 2.19% on ASF (south and west), 1.91% on Sanef (north and east), 2.05% on APRR (centre east) or 2.05% at Escota (south east).
The largest operating group, Vinci Autoroutes, which manages several of these, said tariffs would not rise on a certain number of short trips along their motorways this year to help mitigate the overall rise. The average 2% rise is up, compared to a 0.44% increase last year.
4: Gun register website now open
A new website is open for gun owners to register firearms: sia.detenteurs.interieur.gouv.fr.
Hunters were the first to be able to use it and it is now opening for clay-pigeon shooters and biathletes. All owners will have to register by July 1, 2023, including those who inherited a gun or have guns as collector’s pieces.
5: Culling male chicks banned
Some 50 million male chicks a year will be spared from culling as a generalised ban on the practice has come in for the egg industry.
In practice, firms have until the end of this year to fully comply.
Farmers will use machines that check the sex of embryos in the egg so male chicks are not born.
6: Health space rolled out
Everyone in the French health system should have access to online medical records space Mon espace santé this month.
If you have not received an activation code, visit monespacesante.fr and click générer un nouveau code provisoire. You will need your French social security number and carte Vitale serial number for this.
6: Choice of tax regimes
Self-employed people (and this includes people who let out furnished accommodation), who have the right to the simplified micro-Bic regime and who are considering opting for the alternative réel ‘real’ expenses regime have longer to decide.
They can now do this (for 2022’s income) when they declare their 2021 income in April-June 2022, as opposed to by February 1, 2022. Firms under the réel but who passed into micro income brackets last year also have longer to decide whether to stay on the réel with regard to 2021's income: until income declaration time as opposed to February 1, 2022.
7: Electricity promise maintained
As promised, electricity tariffs for 23 million households on EDF’s regulated tariffs have been limited by the government to a rise of 4% this winter, despite steep hikes across Europe.
8: Taxi rates fixed for the year
The minimum charge for taxis has been frozen this year (at €7.30), as have rates for trips related to the Paris and Nice airports and Paris reservation supplements. Other rates have been set at €4.18 for a pick-up, €1.12 per kilometre travelled, and €37.46/hour for waiting time (if booked by the customer) or slow progress.
9: New parents given baby boxes
New parents are now being given ‘baby boxes’ of essential items to help the child in his or her first few years of life. This includes a baby sleeping bag, a scrapbook, soap and moisturiser.
10: Price rise for some cigarettes
Prices of some tobacco products have risen. Austin pouches have risen 20-30 centimes. Fortuna Cool and JPS Cool cigarettes cost 10 centimes more, at €9.80. Gauloises bleues and rouges are now €10, rather than €9.90.