What’s Changing in France in 2009

  • France no longer holds the presidency of the European Union. The Czech Republic takes over for the next 6 months, followed by Sweden.
  • Twenty universities will be autonomous and independent from the state. They will be able to make their own budget and charge their own fees & tuition. If all goes well with these “test” universities, all universities in France could become independent within 5 years.
  • No more commercials between 8pm and 6am on all state channels, starting January 5. No commercials at any time starting in 2011.
  • SNCF should announce a new reduction card for disadvantaged and single-parent families sometime in January.
  • The Carte Orange will disappear in Ile-de-France in February, being completely replaced by the pass Navigo.
  • MInimum cost for a taxi will be 6 € with an increase in fare of 3.2%.
  • The owners of cars that pollute at least 250 g of CO2 per kilometer will have to pay 160 € each year as a “malus.”
  • Employers will have to reimburse employees 50% of their abonnement on public transportation for their commute to work.
  • Employees in the private sector who do not want to retire at age 65 may work until 70, even without the consent of their employer.
  • Mutuelles are increasing their prices by up to 4% to offset new taxes designed to finance the health insurance system.
  • Household insurance will increase by 2 to 5%. Car insurance will remain the same, or even decrease.
  • All banks can now offer the Livret A savings account to their customers.
  • The TV tax (added into the taxe d’habitation) will be 118 € instead of 116 €.
  • Passports, which are now biometric, will cost more: 89 € for adults, 45 € for 15-18 year olds, and 20 € for under 15.
  • The new organization involved in the merger of ASSEDIC and ANPE, called Pôle Emploi, starts operating January 5.
  • The revenu de solidarité active (RSA) will take effect July 1st, and replace the RMI (which is now 454.63 € for a single person with no children.)
  • Low-income housing benefits will be révalorisé de 2.95% while the prestations familiales will increase by 3%.
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  • http://cndrnh.blogspot.com/ CN Heidelberg

    Interesting post! I don’t live in France but if things like changing over the universities like that go well, Germany might think about it too. (I don’t think the universities here are very good and could stand SOME change…not sure what!)

    CN Heidelbergs last blog post..Snickerdoodles!

  • http://cndrnh.blogspot.com CN Heidelberg

    Interesting post! I don’t live in France but if things like changing over the universities like that go well, Germany might think about it too. (I don’t think the universities here are very good and could stand SOME change…not sure what!)

    CN Heidelbergs last blog post..Snickerdoodles!

  • http://doubledouble-petitcafe.blogspot.com/ Steph

    Happy New Year! All the best for 2009!

    Stephs last blog post..HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  • http://doubledouble-petitcafe.blogspot.com/ Steph

    Happy New Year! All the best for 2009!

    Stephs last blog post..HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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