Businesses also use the period to often increase costs to customers, and so the consumer watchdog, 60 millions de Consommateurs, has drawn together a page highlighting some of the changes.
For example, the minimum wage will increase on January 1 to €9 an hour, but some medical items will now be costlier, motoring insurance premiums are expected to rise and electricity prices are heading up.
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