The Pôle emploi (jobseeker service in France) will change its name to France Travail.
The name change puts an emphasis on getting back into work.
Unemployment benefit recipients must prove they are actively seeking work or on a training course that could lead to a job.
The beginning of the month will also see electricity prices for most people rise by 9.8%, or 8.6% if on a regulated tariff.
The changes are due to the return of a certain tax on electricity (the Taxe intérieure de consommation finale sur l’électricité, or TICFE).
Finally, motorway tolls (péage) across the country are set to go up, by an average of 2.93%.
Known as Candlemas in English, La Chandeleur is a religious celebration held on the 40th day of the Christmas-Epiphany season and is the traditional day on which to eat crepes in France.
The Six Nations rugby tournament kicks off on February 2. The first match sees France take on Ireland at the Orange Velodrome.
Start of half-term holidays for Zone C (until February 26).
Chinese New Year (until February 15) is celebrated across France. Festivities begin with the rising of the second new moon after the winter solstice which falls on February 10 this year. Expect to see fireworks, lanterns and dancing dragons.
The last day of the carnival season and an opportunity to indulge in a meal of rich or gras (fatty) foods before the start of Lent.
La Saint-Valentin is a celebration of love. It is usually celebrated with presents, bouquets of roses and romantic dinners with your partner.
It has become increasingly popular to celebrate platonic love with friends.
Start of half-term holidays for Zone A (until March 4).
World War Two Resistance hero Missak Manouchian will be reburied in the Panthéon.
Start of Paris International Agricultural Show (until March 3). The show is an important feature in the French political calendar and is often visited by high ranking government officials.
It is also the start of half-term holidays for Zone B (until March 11).
Start of Paris Fashion Week (until March 5) for the women’s winter/autumn 2024-25 collection.
2024 is a leap year, or an année bissextile, meaning that there will be an extra day in February (on a Thursday).