On September 14, the French government announced that the price cap on regulated gas and electricity tariffs (bouclier tarifaire) would be extended into 2023 to help with the ongoing cost of living crisis.
However, the current cap will see some changes.
While in 2022 the rise in gas and electricity prices was limited to 4%, in January 2023 this will increase to 15%.
The changes will mean that, on average, energy bills will rise by €25 per month for households heated by gas. Without the price cap, this increase would be around €200 per month.
For households heated by electricity, the increase to monthly bills will be around €20 rather than the €180 without the cap.
The new cap will apply to all households including properties that are co-owned, social housing and small businesses.
Can I get help with my energy bills?
The French government is set to provide support to around 12 million of the poorest households in France.
Those among the poorest 20% in France will receive €200 while the next 20% will receive €100 to help with their energy bills.
The cheques will be sent at the beginning of January.