What changes about life in May 2019


So what’s changing in May in France?  

Gas prices

Gas prices will drop again, by an average of 0.6 percent.  Prices have already fallen by an average of 1.91 percent in April.  The breakdown is as follows:
  • Gas for cooking will drop 0.2 percent.
  • Gas for cooking and hot water will drop 0.4 percent.
  • Gas for cooking, hot water and heating will drop 0.7 percent.
The government has dictated that there should be no gas price rises until June 2019, whether or not that means prices will subsequently rise in July remains to be seen.

CSG “social charges”

CSG “social charges” will go down from 8.3 percent to 6.6 percent for pensioners receiving between €1,200 and €2,000 euros each month.
In total, the change will affect 3.5 million households, with the pensioners concerned set to receive a back payment to cover the first six months of the year.

New €100 and €200 banknotes

New notes will be circulated at the end of May.  They will have more security including a satellite hologram.
The new €100 notes will have a green background, and the €200 notes will be yellow.


The deadline to complete and submit your paper tax form is 16 May.

The deadline for on-line submissions is:
  • Departments 1 to 19 is 21 May
  • Departments 20 to 49 is 29 May
  • Departments 50 + is 4 June.
The good news is that in order to avoid paying taxes twice in 2019, as we switch to tax at source, the government has declared 2018 a non-tax year other than for exceptional circumstances.

Tax on oil products

Fuel prices may be affected in your area, because the tax on consumption of oil products is due to be regionalised.

Student housing

Students have to apply by 15 May for an online bursary for the next academic year (2019/2020).


The carnivorous fishing season opened last weekend (it was due to be 1 May).  The license will set you back €75.

Source: Midi Libre