10 different reasons to come to France in 2018

France is one of the most popular destinations in the world for holidaymakers. But if you're looking for a different reason to visit in 2018 then we have listed a few for you.

10 different reasons to come to France in 2018
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Although you might not need any extra motivation to come to France there are so many events in the cultural calendar that will give you extra incentive.

Here's our list of events set to take place in 2018 that will make your trip even more memorable.

Delacroix at the Louvre, Paris, March 29th – July 23rd

For the first time since 1963 over 180 artworks by Eugene Delacroix — the French artist most famous for his iconic painting Liberty Leading the People (see below) — will be on display together under one roof in this major exhibition of his work. 

Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix. Photo: AFP

It's been 50 years since the volatile period of civil unrest known as May '68 and to mark the occasion the Bibliothèque National de France in Paris will be hosting a photographic exhibition full of stunning images that capture this famously turbulent period of French history.   
People demonstrating in Paris in May '68. Photo: AFP
Musée de la Romanité, Nîmes, June 22nd
It's an exciting year for France's southern city of Nîmes this year, with the highly anticipated Musée de la Romanité (Museum of Roman Civilisation) set to open its doors on June 2nd. 
The new museum will face the Roman amphitheatre and will be key to helping visitors understand the city's Roman history. 
Returning after a 10-year stint off the Formula 1 calendar, June 24th 2018 heralds the comeback of the French Grand Prix. 
And with the stunning location of Le Castellet in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France, the event will be even more of a must-visit. 
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Pablo Picasso 

Ok, so he's not really an event. But in 2018 there are so many exhibitions dedicated to his work that he deserves his own section. 
In Marseille, art lovers will be able to visit the Picasso, Voyages Imaginaires exhibition at La Vieille Charité museum from February 16th to June 24th.
Meanwhile in Paris from March 27th to July 29th the Musée Picasso will be dedicating an exhibition that looks at one of the artist's most famous masterpieces, Guernica.
And if that isn't enough to satisfy your appetite for the great artist, the Musée d’Orsay will be devoting an exhibition to Picasso's blue and pink periods from September 18th to January 6th. 

Guernica by Pablo Picasso. Photo: AFP

Bordeaux’s new maritime and seafaring museum is scheduled to open with an exhibition called Claude Monet and the sea featuring 41 masterpieces by the great impressionist.

Constellation festival, Metz, June 28th – September 16th

This summer why not take a trip to Metz in France’s northeastern Grand Est region will host the Constellation Festival which will include a light and sound show on the stunning Gothic cathedral, as well as a host of dance, theatre, music, circus and poetry events every weekend.

Centenary of the end of the First World War

November 11th this year is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
France is expected to invite heads of state and government to observe the anniversary at an international ceremony to mark the anniversary of the end of the Great War and commemorative events will be taking place across the country throughout the year.
French soldiers during World War One. Photo: AFP
Gay Games, Paris, August 4th to August 12th
The 10th edition of the Gay Games which takes place every four years will see a mixture of sporting and cultural events, as well as a programme of festivities in the French capital. 
Organisers are expecting 15,000 participants from over 70 countries to descend on Paris at the event which celebrates diversity, respect, equality, solidarity and sharing.

Ryder Cup, just outside Paris, September 25th – 30th

France is set to host the biennial men's golf competition for the first ever time in 2018. It's must-visit event for any golf lovers out there and just a short, convenient trip 20 miles outside of Paris in St Quentin-les-Yvelines.

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Tourism minister: Book your French ski holiday now

France’s ski resorts will be open for business this winter, tourism minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne has promised - but no decision has yet been taken on whether a health pass will be required to use ski lifts.

Skiers at a French Alpine resort
Photo: Philippe Desmazes / AFP

“This winter, it’s open, the resorts are open,” Lemoyne told France 2’s 4 Vérités programme.

“Compared to last year, we have the vaccine,” he said, adding that he would “invite those who have not yet done so to [book], because … there will soon be no more room.”

And he promised an answer ‘in the next few days’ to the question of whether health passes would be required for winter holidaymakers to use ski lifts. “Discussions are underway with the professionals,” he said.

The stakes are high: the closure of ski lifts last winter cost manufacturers and ski shops nearly a billion euros. 

This year ski lifts will remain open, but a health pass may be necessary to access them. The health pass is already compulsory for après ski activities such as visits to bars, cafés and restaurants.

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Many town halls and communities which depend on winter sports have found it difficult or impossible to make ends meet.

“It’s time for the French mountains to revive,” Lemoyne said, pointing to the fact that the government has provided “more than €6 billion” in aid to the sector.

Winter tourism professionals, however, have said that they are struggling to recruit for the winter season.

“Restaurant and bars are very affected,” by the recruitment crisis, one expert told Franceinfo, blaming a lack of urgency from authorities towards the winter holiday industry.

“We are all asking ourselves what we should do tomorrow to find full employment in the resort,” the expert added.

Post-Brexit visa and work permit rules mean that ski businesses have found it difficult to recruit Brits for short-term, seasonal positions.