- As often at the beginning of the month, changes will intervene in the daily life of the French. And April 1 is no exception.
- Among the expected changes, the drop in gas prices and the end of the “bicycle boost”.
- There is also news regarding cookies on the Internet.
As every year, April 1 is the occasion of several changes in the daily life of the French. Energy, winter break, transport, Internet … 20 Minutes make the point.
The cost of gas is falling
After several consecutive increases, the regulated natural gas prices of Engie fell by 4.1% on average on April 1, specifies the website of the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE). The decrease is 1.2% for customers who use gas for cooking, 2.5% for those who have dual use, cooking and hot water, and 4.3% for homes that heat themselves on the stove. gas.
Compared to previous months, CRE explains this drop by “a lower demand for natural gas linked to the rise in temperatures and the drop in the prices of liquefied natural gas in Asia and Europe”.
As the CRE emphasizes, in total, Engie’s regulated gas sales tariffs have fallen, since January 1, 2019, by 12.9%.
The extended winter break
As announced in February by the Minister of Housing Emmanuelle Wagon, the winter break is extended this year from April 1 to June 1. “This decision also leads to a truce on energy cuts following unpaid heating bills,” said the minister to Parisian, evoking the need to give “a new chance to households in difficulty”.
Already in 2020, because of the pandemic, the truce had been postponed for more than three months.
No more “Helping bike”
At the end of the first confinement, the government had put in place several aids to encourage cycling, a device called “Cycling boost”. It included equipment, safety advice, but also the possibility of repairing your two-wheeler with assistance of up to 50 euros. This system ends on March 31.
User consent on targeted advertising
As she explains, “people must consent to the deposit of tracers by a clear positive act (such as clicking ‘I accept’ in a cookie banner). If they do not do so, no tracer that is not essential to the operation of the service can be placed on their device ”. In addition, “refusing tracers must be as easy as accepting them”
Clearly, cookies that are not essential for the proper functioning of a website can no longer be used by advertisers to offer targeted advertising without explicit consent.