New laws and changes in France: July 2020

A tabac shop. New laws and changes in France: July 2020
The changing cost of cigarettes and being able to pay more bills in bureaux de tabac are some of the changes happening this month

New travel rules, caps on bank fees, payment of bills in newsagents, new rules for electromagnetic wave devices, cigarette packet costs, and “smooth” gas prices - here’s what changes in France from today (July 1).

Travellers from outside EU allowed to come into France

Europe and the Schengen Area have now reopened their external borders to 15 countries, with the list set to be re-evaluated every two weeks.

See the full list, including countries allowed, and those not yet permitted, here.

Read more: EU external borders now open to some countries, but not US

Caps on bank fees

Some bank fees are set to be reduced or capped from July 1, as the Loi Pacte comes into force.

For example, under the new rules, the opening of a savings plan (such as a plan d'épargne en actions (PEA) or a plan d'épargne en actions destiné au financement des PME et ETI (PEA-PME)) will cost a maximum of €10.

Fees for these accounts will be capped at 0.4% per year of the total amount. 

Read more: Changing bank account in France ‘still too difficult’

Electromagnetic wave information

From July, all devices intended to be used ...

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