A new website to enable the 1.3 million people in France who have not yet claimed their €100 inflation bonus will open by the start of next week, it has been confirmed.
It had been scheduled to open tomorrow (March 25), but Public Accounts Minister Olivier Dussopt confirmed that the website will now be operational “by the start of next week” to family website Dossier Familial.
The online claims service will be at Mesdroitssociaux.gouv.fr. People in France will be able to log in using their FranceConnect details.
Read more: What is FranceConnect?
The portal will then ask if you have already received your €100 bonus (l'indemnité inflation in French). If not, it will then check if the information it has on you is correct.
If you are found to be eligible for the bonus but have not yet received it, you will then be invited to enter your bank account details to receive the payment.
If you are in a situation that cannot be easily handled by the automation online portal, it will then direct you towards a service that can help.
What is the bonus?
The bonus is a €100 one-off goodwill payment from the government intended to help households manage rising fuel and household costs due to inflation. It is tax and social charge-free.
It was first announced in October 2021 and is for people who earn less than €2,000 net per month. It included employees, self-employed, unemployed people and pensioners as well as residents in France who receive taxable foreign pensions.
The payments are individual, not per tax household. For example, in the same household, there could be a person with a €2,500 pension who would not benefit, and one with a €1,500 pension who would.
The payments were paid directly into the beneficiary’s bank account, via their employer or the organisation on which they primarily depend, such as benefits agencies Pôle emploi or Urssaf. In the case of those living off pensions from abroad, however, the payments came from their local tax offices.
However, as of March 8, 1.3 million eligible people still had not received it, mainly due to a lack of correct bank details on record, said Mr Dussopt.
He said: “We are working to recover [their] bank details, and we are going to set up a platform [this website] so that those who have been forgotten because their details were not available can assert their rights.”
Among those overlooked include some freelancers and “home workers” who are employed by individuals, he said, as well as some who were accidentally affected by the government’s attempts to stop duplicate payments.