New Year, Higher Prices

Don’t rely on your guidebooks (print or online) unless they were updated since January 1st, when new prices went into effect in France for everything from stamps and metro tickets to electricity and beer. Priority mail stamps are now €0.63, Lettre Vert stamps are €0.58, a carnet of ten Metro tickets costs €13.30 (old T-tickets are still valid), monthly NAVIGO passes are €65, beer prices have gone up approximately €1.10/liter, the TV tax went up to €131 (if you have a TV), EDF/GDF (gas/electricity) raised prices by 2.5%, and incandescent light bulbs are no longer available in stores. On a positive note, the SMIC minimum wage also crept up 0.3% to €9.43/hour, the limit for tax-free interest on the Livret A savings account went up to €22,950, and the 75% tax on residents making over €1million/year was rejected by the French Conseil Constitutionnel (I was soooo worried about that one, of course).

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