As September unfolds, France welcomes a series of significant changes and updates across various aspects of life. 

From pension reforms to educational enhancements and transportation improvements, these modifications aim to shape a better future for its citizens. 

Let’s delve into the key transformations taking effect this September.

Retirement Reforms

A Wave of Changes Starting from September 1, 2023, several new decrees related to retirement reforms will come into force. 

These changes, outlined in official documents, include the conclusion of certain special regimes and the revaluation of the minimum pension. 

The impact of these reforms will be widespread, affecting numerous retirees across the country.


Enhanced Scholarships and Meal Options For students, September brings exciting news. 

Eligibility criteria for social scholarships have been revised, leading to a 6% increase in 

eligible students for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

Additionally, students can now apply for affordable meals, priced at just €1, through the Crous system. 

This change is accompanied by a €37 increase in scholarship amounts for each level.

Educators: A Raise for Teachers. 

Teachers in France are in for a boost in their remuneration. 

Regardless of their position, status, or seniority, educators will experience an increase of nearly €100 net per month. 

This pay rise extends to teachers in primary and secondary public or private contracted schools, as well as those involved in specialized teaching, training, and coordination roles.

Transportation: Increased Employer Support One of the notable changes is in the transportation sector. 

Employers will now bear 75% of the cost of public transportation passes for public sector employees, up from the previous 50%. 

This includes subscriptions to public transportation services and bike rental programs, contributing to more accessible and affordable commuting options.

Healthcare Advances: Fighting Bronchiolitis 

In health-related developments, a new preventive treatment for bronchiolitis has been introduced. 

Vaccines can now be prescribed and administered at pharmacies, making healthcare more accessible. 

Furthermore, public sector employees will witness evolving conditions for parental and caregiving leaves, aiming to provide better support for families and caregivers.

Work and Finances

Unified Contributions Employers will see a change in contributions paid on compensation for conventional terminations and retirements. 

The new single contribution rate is fixed at 30% of the amount paid, with the intention of safeguarding employees nearing retirement from potential job losses.

Income Tax Updates: Revised Withholding Rates

On September 1st, the Directorate General of Public Finances updated the withholding tax rate for income tax. This new rate is based on the spring income declaration.

However, individuals have the flexibility to request a modification of this rate, allowing them to adapt to recent income changes effectively.

Financial Matters: Interest Rates and Digital Convenience 

For those navigating the world of finance, a change in the usury rate for fixed-rate mortgages lasting 20 years or more has been implemented, increasing to 5.56% from the previous 5.33% in August 2023. 

This rate defines the maximum legal interest rate banks and credit institutions can charge for long-term mortgages. 

Additionally, consumer and insurance contracts signed electronically must now offer a streamlined process for consumers to terminate them, requiring just three clicks.

Transportation: New Rules for Young Riders 

Last but not least, the Code de la Route question bank undergoes a complete refresh.

Furthermore, the minimum age for operating an electric scooter has been raised from 12 to 14 years, as of September 1, 2023, promoting safer urban mobility for younger riders.

That’s it forks.

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