And some people pay even much more, because they responded to the latest EDF scam. Read all about it in le Parisien of this morning. An "EDF email" starting with:
"Votre paîement a été refusée par votre établissement bancaire. […] Pour éviter la pénalités de retard, nous vous donnant la possibilité de payer en ligne en utilisant votre carte bancaire"
If you don't take action, pay directly online, they threaten to cut off your electricity supply. Nice try of the internet pirates united, but no organisation ever asks by mail for your bank account details, passwords and what have you. This is not the way how secure payment online works.
The only action is to delete such emails immediately, do not open them, and don't click on any link. Additional problem: some official emails from the EDF look like they have been created in the early days of the personal computer, using MS-DOS as operating system, Wordstar or Word-Perfect and a dot-matrix printer.
EDF was very slow to react as usual, will their programmers and service clients ever learn. They have been targeted, sorry, their clients, for more than a year already, and their communication about it is too little, somewhere hiding in a hard to find backroom on their website, not on Google Maps, and always much too late. They invested a lot more time in promoting their smart meter called LINKY, than in the maintenance of their réseau électrique, their service clients and their ict development. The split between ERDF and EDF in 2008 has made matters worse: an ever increasing game of bureaucratic ping-pong between these two organisations, with the client in between. Who ever wins the game, he or she in the middle is always the loser.