On the agenda: What's coming up in France this week

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The Local - [email protected] • 8 Oct, 2018 Updated Mon 8 Oct 2018 10:14 CEST
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Here's a look at the big news and cultural events set to take place in France this week including a major government reshuffle and a return of the protests.


Monday Oct 8th

Reshuffle: The big news event of the week will no doubt be President Emmanuel Macron's much anticipated reshuffle of his cabinet. Macron is under pressure after the resignation of Interior Minister Gerard Collomb and opinion polls that show his popularity is lower than ever.

It's not clear when there shuffle will be announced but rumours suggest it will be as early as Monday or Tuesday. Reports suggest there could be a fair amount of ins and outs too.

Elsewhere on Monday the French courts are set to rule on former French president Nicolas Sarkozy's appeal against an order for him to stand trial for attempting to influence a judge. 
In March, Sarkozy had been ordered to stand trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling involving a judge from whom he sought information about an investigation.
And an American cruise ship captain will go on trial in Marseille over pollution charges in what is a first in France. The Mediterranean city is trying to boost boat tourism but it's having a negative impact on the air.
Swiss bank UBS is set to face French judges over charges of tax fraud, with the bank risking a fine that could amount to a whopping €5 billion.
Photo: AFP
Tuesday Oct 9th
Tuesday will see a return of anti-government protests across France. 
Workers representing a variety of professions, as well as pensioners set to take to the streets to demonstrate against the government's social policies. 
Protests are set to take place across France, with grievances against the government such as cutting the spending power of the most vulnerable, including retirees and the rise in French social security contributions.
France's hard left union the CGT is calling for the government to introduce policies that "share the wealth" by raising wages nd pensions.
Two of France's biggest rap stars Booba and Kaaris will face sentencing brawling at Paris Orly airport which was caught on camera by holidaymakers. 
Wednesday Oct 10th
Montmartre's Fête des Vendanges is set to begin, with over 150 events will be packed into the 18th arrondissement in celebration of the arrival of the first wines of the season from the Montmartre vineyard.
This year the festival is based on the theme of peace to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Fete des Vendanges, Montmartre 2015. Photo: AFP
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, TV channel Nat Geo Wild is partnering with Pavillon Puebla in Buttes Chaumont in Paris' 19th arrondissement, offering fun and free nature workshops for children aged up to 12-13 years. 
Thursday Oct 11th
French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the Capital of Armenia, Yerevan for the Summit of French-speaking countries.
French oil giant Total is set to be tried for corruption in Iran over contracts carried out in the 1990s. 
Friday Oct 12th
Lyon will celebrate the 80th anniversary of its river port, with French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne heading to the city in honour of the event.
Saturday Oct 13th
Festival Lumière begins in Lyon.
Globally renowned film festival for fans of classic cinema, the festival includes film screenings, movies in concert and retrospectives of some of the silver screen's biggest stars. 
Special guests for 2018 include director Alfonso Cuarón and actors Jane Fonda and Javier Bardem and the festival will last until October 21st. 
Chinese Director Wong Kar-wai holds his trophy after receiving the Lumiere Award at the Lumiere Film Festival in 2017. Photo: AFP
Sunday Oct 14th
For the running enthusiasts out there, the Paris 20km run is set to take place on October 14. 
Some 30,000 people who are expected to take part will set off from Pont d'Iéna at the foot of the Eiffel Tower at 10 am. For more information and to sign up for the event CLICK HERE



The Local 2018/10/08 10:14

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