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

On the agenda: What's coming up in France this week
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Here's a look at the big news and cultural events that will take place in France this week, including French President Emmanuel Macron's World War I memorial tour, a photo exhibition in Paris and music awards in Cannes.

Monday Nov 5th

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrived in Nouméa the capital of the island of New Caledonia on Monday after islanders on the French Pacific territory rejected independence in a referendum that revealed weaker-than-expected support for Paris in the resource-rich and strategic outpost.

During his visit Philippe will meet political forces on both sides of the independence vote to discuss the future of the territory. 

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (C) arrives at the French High Commission in Noumea, New Caledonia. Photo: AFP

Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron is in the Grand Est region of eastern France and Hauts-de-France in the north as part of his tour of the most significant areas of conflict from World War I. 

The trip, which began on Sunday November 4th will last until Remembrance Day on November 11th.

Tuesday Nov 6th 
The Palais de la Découverte in Paris is dedicating an exhibition to illusions, with a tour which includes 40 experiences designed to trick your brain.  
Photo: Palais de la Découverte website
Wednesday Nov 7th
The prize-giving ceremonies for the prestigious Goncourt and Renaudot literary awards will be held on Wednesday at historic Paris restaurant Drouant. 
The 88th edition of the departmental assembly is set to take place from November 7th to 9th in the Breton capital of Rennes. 
This year the focus will be on how constitutional reform, reform of local taxation and state-local government contracting are beginning to shape the future of France's departments. 
Thursday Nov 8th
French charity Secours Catholique is set to publish its annual report on poverty levels in France. 
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Photo: AFP
Head to the Porte de Versailles for the chance to appreciate the creative works of modern-day photographers. The Photographers' Corner, where amateurs and professionals display their work, is not to be missed at Le Salon de la Photo exhibition. 
Friday Nov 9th
Forget Cadbury's chocolate as Lyon, the widely known capital of gastronomy, has some tasty treats for you to get your teeth stuck into. The eighth edition of the chocolate fair, held at the Centre de Congres, is offering culinary demonstrations, cooking workshops and of course the famous parade of chocolate dresses that will be taking centre stage. Think of it as Paris Fashion Week meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 
Photo: AFP
Saturday Nov 10th
A ceremony in honour of the signing of the armistice between France and Germany on November 11th 1918 that ended World War I is due to be held in the northern town of Rethondes. 
Both Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be present. 
Dressed up in traditional costumes, the people of Étaples meet up on the banks of the Canche River in northern France to celebrate their favourite fish. Every year, thousands of people join them to enjoy herring in all its delicious forms – pickled, grilled, or smoked and accompanied of course by lots of wine.
Photo: Herring festival website
The NRJ Music Awards, an award presented by the French radio station NRJ to honor the best in the French and worldwide music industry, is set to be held in Cannes on Saturday. 

Sunday Nov 11th
Emmanuel Macron will give a speech in honour of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice
The Glade of the Armistice where the November 11, 1918 'Armistice of Compiegne' ending World War I (1914 – 1918) was signed between France and Germany. Photo: AFP

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