The FN proposes to “jump without a parachute from the plane,” said Laurent Fabius

POLICY The foreign minister said he had a conversation with Marine Le Pen who confirmed that “the economic arguments do not hold water” .. Today, the Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius is attacking the economic proposals of the Front Nationale saying that Marine Le Pen’s party proposes to “jump without a parachute from the plane,” in …

Vacation Vouchers: Four million French took the opportunity in 2014

Launched in 1982, under Francois Mitterrand, the holiday voucher, known as cheque vacancies, is more popular than ever. According to the ANCV ( Agence Nationale pour les Chèques-Vacances),  4 million French families benefited from last years payment as the figures was released earlier today, Thursday. The amount in monetary terms that the vouchers represented was …

Hollande wants to Boost Investment

President Hollande  speaking yesterday to the defense industry, says that it has has “a future in France.”  The president announced a series of measures for investment for companies, including an “exceptional tax mechanism” of investment support. The head of state was visiting the Forges de Trie-Château (Oise) site that has escaped bankruptcy in 2008, after …

New Tax Declaration Dates

  This year’s income tax declaration deadlines have just been announced and are much earlier in France this year than last year for some categories of people. The dates, for online and paper declarations, show that people sending in paper declarations from more distant parts of the world now have to do so six weeks earlier …

France to cut 22,000 Jobs in Hospitals

The Health minister, Marisol Touraine has unveiled France’s plan to save billions on health spending. Marisol Touraine has announced that 22,000 jobs will not be filled once staff in those positions either retire or quit over the next 2 years.  At the same time, many of the posts that are currently filled by temporary or …

New 20 Euro Note Announced

Earlier today, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi, presented the new 20 euro bank note, after the success of the new redesigned 5 and 10 euro notes. It will start to arrive in the Autumn of this yeararrive in the next autumn purses. As usual with each change in design, this …

Bourse for Lycee Students

If your child goes to Lycee, it may be possible to get some financial help, called a Bourse, towards some of the cost .  If you want to apply for a bourse for the 2015-2016 school year, then you need to get an application, normally available from the Lycee, completed and back to the Lycee …

Official Fleet of Cars to be Cut

According to an article I have just read in the Le Parisien newspaper, the government has decided that it is going to cut its official fleet of cars down in size to help reduce costs. The Finance Minister, Michel Sapin told the Le Parisien that the State owns too many vehicles and that some of …

Auto Entrepreneur – Real Incomes

Six years since Nicolas Sarkozy launched the Auto-Entrepreneur (AE) status, the results are they are more numerous, but that their income does not take off. A recent study published by INSEE shows the average income of this new generation of entrepreneurs to be a lot lower than you would expect. It reveals that the average …