France to end systematic paper receipts

Paper receipts will no longer be offered as standard on transactions in France

France is to end paper receipts for all transactions as standard by January 1, 2023 - including for shopping with cash, card, or vouchers; parking, and withdrawing money at ATMs.

The move - dubbed the “anti-waste law” - is intended to save paper and resources.

Customers will still be able to request a receipt if they wish.

The new rule will apply to nearly all instances in which a paper receipt may currently be issued, including all commercial centres, shops, car parks, and ATMs.

The move will apply nationwide by law by January 1, 2023 at the latest, with precise legal details to follow.

It had been suggested that the measure should apply to transactions worth less than €10 from September 1 this year, rising to less than €20 by 2021, and eventually reaching the €30 threshold - but this was rejected in favour of a simpler approach.

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