From free condoms to fuel vouchers, France rings in New Year with new rules

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A boost to the minimum wage, fuel allowances to offset growing petrol prices, and free condoms for young people are among a raft of measures taking effect on Sunday, 1 January, 2023.

Minimum wage rise

As every year, the Smic minimum wage is revalued on January 1st to take into account inflation.

In 2023, the increase will come into effect, rising to €1,353 net per month, which represents an increase of €24 euros for a full-time, 35-hour week.

The gross hourly minimum wage will reach €11.27 instead of €11.07.

Within the French civil service, the salaries of the 410,000 lowest paid employees will also be increased by 1.8 percent from 1 January, 2023.

Meanwhile a bonus for hiring apprentices will be set at €6,000 in 2023 for both minors and adults under the age of 30.

The grant is currently at €5,000 for a minor and €8,000 for an adult.

No more iconic red postage stamp

Since 1849, France's red postage stamp has ensured that mail is delivered within one day. From 1 January, the red stamp will disappear from envelopes.

It will be replaced "red e-letter" – you have to write an e-mail and send it from the laposte.fr website.

According to La Poste, the letter will then be printed at the post office closest to the addressee, then put in an envelope and delivered the next day by the postman.


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