France: What changes from 1st April 2024?

changes in April

Ahead of the start of each month, the French government releases a list of all the changes that will be coming into play in the coming weeks. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening in April.  


April sees the end of the requirement to display a green insurance sticker in the windscreen of a registered vehicle in France. Law enforcement officers will soon have access to a Fichier des Véhicules Assurés (FVA) that will be moderated by insurance companies.

See more:  France: Car insurance stickers to become a thing of the past

Also on the cards are mandatory technical inspections for two-wheeled vehicles such as motorbikes, mopeds and scooters. This new law will come into force from 15th April, although deadlines vary depending on the year of the model, with 31st December the final day for vehicles made before 2017, 31st December 2025 for those manufactured between 2017 and 2019, and 31st December 2026 for the newest. The fine for non-compliance will be €135. 


University applicants have until 3rd April to complete their online Parcoursup wish-list file for admissions. Parcoursup is a portal designed by the French Ministry of Education and the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation that manages the balance between undergraduate places in French universities and other higher education institutions as well as university applications for candidates with a high school diploma. University replies and offers will start being sent out to students from 30th May.  


People who benefit from Active Solidarity Income (RSA), the activity bonus, family allowances and allowances for disabled adults (AAH) will see a 4.6% rise in their monthly cheques from April. The increase is being made to help offset the effects of inflation.  


Finally, 1st April marks the end of the yearly ‘winter break’ imposed on landlords, which prevents them from evicting tenants between 1st November and 31st March for offenses such as unpaid rent, non-compliance with building rules or unruly behaviours. This rule was put in place to protect people from being made homeless in the colder months.  

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