French personal finance news – May 2024

Eddie Sammon Investments

What is the French personal finance news for May 2024?

Here is a list of some French personal finance changes in May 2024:


Increase in gas prices in comparison to April 2024

The reference gas price has increased by 1.4% in comparison to last month. The reference natural gas price, known as the “prix repère de gas naturel”, was introduced at the end of the price controls on the 30th of June 2023 and is used to help show households what the regulated gas price would be if the price controls were maintained. You can read more about it in French here.


Personal education accounts (Compte personnel de formation) – no longer free to use

In France, tax payers receive up to €500 per year into a personal training account that can be used to pay for most recognised qualifications and training courses in France. From the 2nd of May 2024, users must contribute at least €100 to the cost of the training course and this amount will be increased each year along with inflation. The maximum account balance is currently €5,000. There are exceptions to this €100 contribution, such as for those registered as unemployed. You can read more about these accounts here.


Fees for medical appointments to increase

Fees for medical appointments, the part left for the patient to pay which is not covered by public or private health insurance, will increase from €1 to €2 from the 15th of May 2024. Note that higher fees often have to be paid up front, such as €26,50 to see a general doctor (GP or family doctor, “médecin généraliste” in French), most of which is then refunded back to you. There are exceptions to this fee increase, such as pregnant women and minors.


Energy efficient renovation grants to be expanded

Grants for energy-efficient home renovations, known as MaPrimeRenov’ will have more relaxed criteria from the 15th of May to the 31st of December 2024. An energy performance evaluation (diagnostic de performance énergétique (DPE), will no longer be mandatory for smaller and simpler renovation works, such as on insulation, replacing windows or replacing boilers. Note that this grant is subject to an income limit. You can read more about it here and here.


Deadlines for income tax declarations are in May and June

As mentioned in our April update, the income tax online declarations opened in April and the deadlines are as follows:

  • 21st of May for paper declarations
  • 23rd of May for non-residents and those who live in departments 1 to 19
  • 30th of May for those who live in departments 20 to 54
  • 6 June for those who live in departments 55 to 976.


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