Rising energy bills: France to keep price cap in 2023

Christophe GUAY // Wednesday, 07 September 2022

Energy prices

In January the French government forced state-owned energy provider EDF to cap price rises at 4% for a year. The measure has already stopped prices from increasing by 40% and has kept inflation lower in France than in many other countries – but it has cost the state €24billion.

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Be Aware When Driving : "Priority To The Right"

Christophe GUAY // Tuesday, 23 August 2022


Having little else to occupy their time, bureaucrats the world over devote their lives to deciding how the rest of us should live. Regulations abound, principally to ensure that we are protected from burning ourselves on hot pie fillings, tripping over curbs, drinking fruit scented shampoo

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Social Charges Have Been Lowered To Their Pre-Brexit Rate

Christophe GUAY // Friday, 11 March 2022

Charges sociales


Brits selling French holiday homes or renting them out could save thousands of pounds in surcharges after the French government scrapped a post-Brexit rule.
The French tax authorities have announced that UK residents and British expats in France will no longer have to pay French social charges (prélèvements sociaux) at the full rate of 17.2% provided they are already affiliated to the UK social security system and are not dependent on the French system.

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A Weekend Away On The Beautiful Ile De Ré.

Maïlén // Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Under two hours away from our office in Ruffec the Ile de Ré is easily accessible and ideal for a short break. Off the coast of La Rochelle in the Atlantic Ocean the island is 30kms long and 5kms wide with many attractive villages/towns to visit.

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New winter tyre rules take effect on some French roads from November

Christophe GUAY // Wednesday, 08 September 2021

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Vehicles in 48 mountainous departments must be fitted with winter tyres or snow chains between November and March, under a law which aims to improve road safety and avoid hold-ups.

The installation of winter tyres or snow chains will be mandatory for drivers in several mountainous regions of France from November 1, 2021.

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