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

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.

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

Here's a roundup of what is happening in France on the week beginning July 12th.

On the agenda: What's happening in France this week?
Photo: Remy Gabalda/AFP

Monday, July 12th

An extra meeting of the Defence Council looks at whether extra health restrictions need to be imposed to counter a fourth wave of Covid infections, driven by the delta variant.

The Senate votes on the adoption of the budget for 2021.

President Emmanuel Macron makes a live TV announcement at 8pm on the latest on the health situation, as well as other issues such as the economic recovery.

Tuesday, July 13th

Formal adoption of regulations concerning télétravail (remote working) for public sector workers.

Wednesday, July 14th

Public holiday in France to mark the fête nationale, or Bastille Day as its known in the anglophone world. The traditional military parade will take place on the Champs Elysées and most towns will host firework displays, with extra restrictions in place for crowds. For a full roundup of events, click HERE.

Prime Minister Jean Castex travels to Nice to take part in memorials for the victims of the 2016 terror attack.

Thursday, July 15th 

The courts are scheduled to examine the controversial closure of a factory by the Manoir Industries de Pitres in Eure, northern France.

Friday, July 16th

The Eiffel Tower reopens to the public. Numbers are limited by health restrictions, so advance booking is advised.

Next stage in the probe into justice minister Eric Dupond-Moretti, who is accused of a conflict of interest in relation to his previous work as a lawyer. He could be formally charged.

Saturday, July 17th

Closing ceremony of the Cannes film festival.

Sunday, July 18th

Final stage of the Tour de France as riders enter Paris along the Champs-Elysée.

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