10 changes for residents in France July 2022

Every month brings new changes to France. This month includes updates on new boiler laws, loans for green renovations, private rental announcements and legal last name changes. We explain.

1. Loans for eco-responsible renovations

From July 1, owners will no longer need to submit an estimate or description of the work to their bank to obtain a zero-rate loan – the zero-rate eco-loan (eco-PTZ) – for renovations environmentally friendly to their property.

If you have benefited from the “MaPrimeRénov” grant, all you have to do is present the declaration of issue issued by the National Housing Agency (Anah).

People wishing to obtain the loan must still meet the eligibility criteria.

Read more: Explained: How to apply for a renovation grant for your French home

2. No more new oil or coal boilers

From 1 July, no new oil or coal-fired boilers may be installed, either in new homes or when replacing an old boiler.

Instead, “new equipment using heat networks, electricity, biomass, solar or geothermal energy, gas or liquid biofuel” is required.

The only exception is if no further installation is possible.

3. Black boxes in new cars

From July 6, new car models will be equipped with a black box. The box will record aspects of the car’s movements such as speed, acceleration or braking phases, whether or not seat belts are worn, use of turn signals, the force of any collision and engine speed 30 seconds before a crash and 10 seconds after impact.

The Service-public.fr site indicates: “The black box fitted to the cars does not record any personal data on the driver or the passengers of the vehicle, such as sounds and conversations inside.

In addition, the recorded data is only used in the event of an accident, and only investigators, judicial authorities or research institutes will have access to the data.

4. New rules on private home rental ads

For individuals (as opposed to professional agencies), home rental listings are now required to include certain details in their ads or classifieds.

Whether the ad appears online or in a newspaper (or similar), the ad must now include:

  • The measurement in square meters of the living area
  • Whether the accommodation is furnished or not
  • The city and the borough
  • The amount of rent per month and any additional costs
  • What is included in the rent
  • The deposit amount
  • The fees owed by the tenant for an inventory of fixtures before moving in, taxes included

5. Decrease in “Ecological bonus” financial aid for the purchase of an electric car

From July 1, loans will be reduced by €1,000 on all eco-grants.

From this date, plug-in hybrids will be excluded from the aid scheme, “which will be reserved for electric vehicles whose CO2 emissions are less than or equal to 20g/km”, specifies Service-public.fr.

6. Late nights at the Louvre

The world-renowned gallery opens its doors from 6:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. every Friday, starting July 1.

The night openings were one of the promises made by the president and director of the Louvre, Laurence des Cars. Until now, the museum closed its doors every day at 6:00 p.m. (except Tuesdays, when it is closed for maintenance).

Evening openings were successfully tested in 2019 and 2020 on Wednesdays and Fridays, and one Saturday per month, free of charge but by reservation.

Just before confinement, in February 2020, the museum had organized three opening evenings for the Leonardo da Vinci retrospective then presented.

The iconic gallery, which reached 10 million annual visitors before the pandemic, welcomed two million people between January and April this year.

seven. End of daily restaurant tickets at €38

After being extended twice in the past two years due to the Covid, this increased amount (double the usual amount) of restaurant vouchers (‘tickets-restaurants’) will end in June.

From July 1, the amount will be €19 per day.

However, the higher amount was so popular and useful to support restaurateurs during the health crisis that the Commission Nationale des Titres-Restaurant asked the government to increase the standard daily amount to €29 in the future. He says it is hoped that will happen.

However, in the meantime, from July 1, the amount will be € 19.

Also from this date they will no longer be accepted on weekends or public holidays.

8. Legal change of last name to another parent name is easier

The procedure to legally change your surname to that of another parent can now be done by a simple declaration to the civil registry.

This will apply if someone wishes to carry the surnames of both parents, change their name from their father’s surname to their mother’s or vice versa.

The public service site specifies: “From July 1, 2022, any adult person will be able to change their name simply by taking, by substitution, the name of the parent who was not given to them at birth and by declaring their choice by form. at the town hall of his place of residence or birth.

“Before registering this change, the civil status office will give the applicant a period of one month to confirm this decision, which is only possible once in a lifetime.”

Parents can also change their child’s surname using the same procedure until the child is 13 years old. After that, the consent of the child will be required.

9. New motorcycle helmets

From July 1, motorcycle helmets will have a new standard homologation stamp, ECE 22.06. The old ECE 22.05 standard will no longer be issued and these cannot be sold from 2024.

Production of the old standard will end in 2023, to give manufacturers time to adapt.

This is the first new approval since 2007. Some helmets will no longer comply with the new standard and will not be compatible with all accessories.

ten. The end of the French-speaking clock

July 1 will mark the end of an era in France, like the speaking clock (talking clock) speaks his last words.

Since 1933, the French can call 3699 and hear a voice tell them the exact time.

The speaking clock is now replaced by a website created by the Paris Observatory and the LNE-SYRTE laboratory.

The speaking clock service is being phased out due to a continued decline in demand, fueled by the advent of computers and cell phones.

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