So what’s changing in May in France?
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.