Between gas and electricity increases, unemployment insurance reform or a new version of the conversion premium, this is, among other things, what changes in August.

Increase in regulated gas prices …

After several cuts, this is the first increase in regulated gas prices, of 1.3%, from August 1. In detail, it will be 0.3% for customers who use gas for cooking, 0.7% for those who have dual use, cooking and hot water, and 1.4% for households which are heated with gas. This increase was expected, since it comes as part of a smoothing that will continue for 8 months, until stabilization at the end of February 2021. “The health crisis has led to a historic fall in natural gas prices in Europe, this which could result in a catching-up and therefore an increase in prices at the end of the year. The smoothing mechanism limits the tariff increases that could occur in the last quarter “, underlined last month the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) , while the price of kWh was historically low.


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… and electricity

Regulated electricity prices should also increase by 1.55% on Saturday, on a proposal from the energy regulator to the government, which must endorse this increase. Nearly 24 million residential subscribers are still dependent on regulated electricity tariffs set by the State, which are marketed only by the incumbent operator EDF as well as by local distribution companies in certain towns. This increase “takes into account the annual change in the tariffs of the public electricity transmission and distribution networks” specifies the CRE.


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Unemployment insurance: return to the old rules

If the reform of unemployment insurance, toughening the compensation rules, is suspended (but not abandoned) until January 1, 2021, the return to the rules before November 1, 2019, that is to say the entry into force of a first series of measures, will only apply to people who lost their job between August 1 and December 31, 2020 … therefore not during the confinement period, i.e. in the majority of temporary workers, seasonal workers and fixed-term contracts. Since November 1, you had to have worked at least six months out of the last 24 to open rights, instead of four months out of the last 28. In addition, the return every four months will be calculated over the last 24 months and not 28. Finally, the threshold allowing a reloading of rights, when working during his period of unemployment, will remain aligned with the conditions of affiliation and will therefore be four months (instead of six) when it was only one month before November 1.

What about the booklet A?

Will the remuneration of the Livret A be revised upwards from Saturday? Fixed at 0.5% on February 1, the French preferred placement rate can be changed each year by the government on the recommendation of the Banque de France on August 1.

However, since the new calculation formula is based on the half-yearly inflation rate coupled with short-term interbank rates, it is highly unlikely that it will be followed, given that its application would lead to a decrease in the rate of remuneration in – below 0.5%, which is already the low limit.

Moreover, despite this low rate, the livret A continues to fill up with savers, especially during confinement, the net collection having broken records in March, April, May and June.

Coronavirus: mandatory screening test

France is stepping up its screening system for the new coronavirus when tourists arrive at French airports from August 1. The 16 countries affected by the mandatory tests for travelers are: United States, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Panama, South Africa, Kuwait, Qatar, Israel, Brazil, Peru, Serbia, Algeria, Turkey, Madagascar, India and Oman .

Modification of the conversion premium

From Monday August 3, the conversion bonus system set up in June to give a boost to manufacturers shaken by the crisis is modified. The new formula will be less advantageous financially and will return to the amounts that prevailed before the recovery plan: between 1,500 and 3,000 euros for a Crit’Air 1 or 2 vehicle, depending on household income, and between 2,500 and 5,000 euros for an electric or plug-in hybrid car. On the other hand, the premium for the conversion of a thermal vehicle into electric, set at 5,000 euros, is retained, as well as the State surcharge for buyers living or working in a low-emission zone, at 1,000 euros. .

Payment of the back-to-school allowance

This measure was announced by Jean Castex on July 15: the back-to-school allowance (ARS), which will be exceptionally increased by 100 euros for this 2020/2021 school year, will be paid on Tuesday, August 18.

The end of the summer sales

The sales started on July 15 for only four weeks, compared to six previously. They will therefore end on Tuesday, August 11 for all metropolitan departments, including the Alpes-Maritimes, Pyrénées-Orientales and the two departments of Corsica.

Better supervised transport of rolling vehicles

A decree, which comes into force on August 1, establishes a new road transport contract of the “rolling vehicles” type which better regulates the packaging of the vehicles transported, the possible failure of the carrier, compensation in the event of damage and related provisions. the duration, renewal and termination of the contract.

If you take public transport in Lille …

In Lille and its metropolitan area, metro, bus or tram journeys will be a little more expensive from Saturday: 5 cents more for tickets, which go from 1.65 euros to 1.70 euros (and around 50 cents for monthly subscriptions). However, the transport ticket in the Lille region remains less expensive compared to other large cities such as Paris (1.90 euros) or Lyon (1.76 euros).