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What changes about life in France from August 2018

LanguedocLiving, Jul 31

Every month something changes in France. Here’s what to expect in August:

Water restrictions

Water restrictions are currently in place for Eure-et-Loir, Loiret, Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Deux-Sèvres, Indre, Lot and Tarn-et-Garonne.

As temperatures are set to increase, it’s likely that more departments will be at crisis levels soon. Check out this site for current information.

Gas and Electricity

Gas prices rises are small this month. The increase is between 0.1 and 0.2 percent.

Good news on your electricity bills. They will drop by 0.5%, although for small business, they are set to increase by 1.1.

Alzheimer's just got more expensive

Aricept, Ebixa, Exelon, Reminyl drugs will no longer be reimbursed by the Assurance Maladie. Unless you are covered by top up insurance, you’ll have to pay full price as from August.


Nannies are set to receive an extra 23 cents per hour in their paypacket. The rate goes up to €10.21 per hour. Meanwhile in-home nurses will receive an extra 50 cents per hour.

Last minute bargains

You have until August 7th for the summer sales, other than in the Pyrénées-Orientales and Alpes-Maritimes where the sales period lasts until August 14th.

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