The month of October is fast approaching. In this autumnal atmosphere, several more or less pleasant changes are arriving in the daily lives of the French. Le Figaro has drawn up a non-exhaustive list.
If the various state mechanisms, such as the price shield or the energy check, gradually end, gas prices continue to increase. “Between September and October 2023, the variable portion excluding taxes (HT) of a typical cooking/hot water and heating consumer increases by 9.21 euros MWh,” the Energy Regulatory Commission anticipated a few weeks ago ( CRE). Who explained this surge by “the rise in wholesale gas prices after the continued decline observed in the spring and summer of 2023.”
Like every year, Personal Housing Assistance (APL) will be increased in October. In 2023, this readjustment will be 3.50 euros for APLs of 100 euros, 7 euros for APLs of 200 euros, and 10.50 euros for APLs of 300 euros. If this increase will oscillate between 2 and 3.5% in Corsica, it is capped at 2.5% overseas.
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Another new feature on October 1: the salt content of baguettes which will be lowered by 10%, following a recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO). In other words, the taste of this national emblem should be slightly modified. In a press release, the National Confederation of French Bakeries and Pastries considers that bread “still contributes significantly to this excessive salt consumption”.
Having already committed to having “1.5 grams of salt per 100 grams of standard or traditional bread” in 2022, the bakery sector intends to maintain “1.4 grams of salt” for 100 grams of standard bread from Sunday. or traditional” and “1.3 grams of salt” per 100 grams of bread for special breads. “It is gratifying to note that the objective of 1.5 grams of salt per 100 grams of bread has been achieved by 82%,” the confederation also underlines.
While the question of purchasing power has become central in the public debate, the least well-off French people will be able to benefit from a more attractive popular savings account: the ceiling will increase from 7,700 to 10,000 euros. This is the fulfillment of a promise made by the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, which he kept in July. However, its interest rate does not change: it remains limited to 6%.
From October 1, the dentist should cost a little more. The rate of coverage for dental care by Health Insurance will decrease from 70% to 65% or 55%. This will depend on the patient's mutual and complementary insurance. A measure that divides the sector. According to the deputy director of the National Health Insurance Fund (Cnav), it is just a “different distribution”. The president of the French Mutualité Éric Chenut denounced, for his part, a “unilateral and technocratic” decision.
It was a campaign promise from Emmanuel Macron. Voted in July 2023, the measure allows the income of the spouse of a disabled person to no longer be counted in the calculation of the disabled adult allowance (AHH). The amount will be calculated solely from the resources of the individual concerned.
In order to protect booksellers, a minimum rate on postage for book deliveries has been put in place. And this, for any order less than 35 euros. Beyond this amount, delivery costs will be lowered to 0.01 euros - the threshold already in force today.
The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), established to protect the greening efforts of European economies, will enter its declarative trial phase without taxation on Sunday, before real entry into force in 2026, the French government indicated on Friday .
“On October 1, 2023, the MACF enters a first phase of implementation which we call blank until the end of 2025, which will allow, without imposing a price at this stage, to collect a lot of data from the of our manufacturers” in order to “evaluate the fair price” of imported emissions, the government indicated during a press briefing bringing together, among others, the Ministries of the Economy and Energy Transition. “The mechanism will then gradually ramp up over a period of 9 years, from 2026 to 2034, in parallel with the reform of the carbon quota market,” the government specified.