On the agenda: The events in France this week you need to know about

Here's a look at the big news and cultural events taking place in France this week that you should know about.

On the agenda: The events in France this week you need to know about
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Monday November 26th

The Minister of Transport Elisabeth Borne, is scheduled to present a bill which aims to improve transport across France as well as make it more sustainable and less polluting.
The minister has said she wants to “provide concrete answers everywhere”.
Top executives from Mitsubishi Motors met at an emergency meeting in Tokyo on Monday to sack Brazil-born Frenchman Carlos Ghosn as chairman over alleged financial misconduct that the once-revered tycoon denies, as further allegations leaked out against him.
Following his stunning arrest last Monday, the 64-year-old began his second week in a Japanese detention centre facing allegations he under-reported his salary to the tune of $44 million over several years.
Carlos Ghosn (L) gestures as he delivers a speech during a visit of French President Emmanuel Macron (R). Photo: AFP
Tuesday November 27th
On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron is address the nation in a bid to take the sting out of the “yellow vest” uprising as support for the movement appears to be growing in France.
Macron, who is set to present his plan for nuclear energy in front of France's National Council for the Ecological Transition (CNTE) which is composed of elected representatives, unions, NGOs and associations on Tuesday, will also take the opportunity to announce measures to appease the “yellow vests”. Although these measures will likely leak out on Monday after the cabinet meting.
French charity Restaurants du Coeur, which distributes food to the homeless and those living on low incomes, will begin its 34th winter campaign on Tuesday. 
The charity has recently voiced its concerns for the growing number of young people using its service. 
Meanwhile, French MPs will hold a vote on the proposed justice reforms which are intended to allow the institution to “strengthen and adapt” but which have received criticism from judges and lawyers in France.
Wednesday November 28th
The trial of a French 19-year-old who called for violence inspired by Hollywood film “The Purge” will begin on Wednesday. 
The teen faces possible prison time after posting a Snapchat which called for violence against the police.
Paul McCartney is set to play Nanterre in the Hauts-de-Seine department in the western suburbs of Paris as part of his new “Freshen Up” tour.
The 76-year-old former-Beatle recently released his 17th solo album Egypt Station on Capitol Records. 
Photo: AFP
French football team PSG will play Liverpool in the Champions League at Parc des Princes in Paris on Wednesday.
From Wednesday to December 3rd the annual children's book fair Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse in Montreuil in the eastern suburbs of Paris.
The theme of this year's event is “Our future”.
Thursday November 29th 
Macron will head to Buenos Aires on an official visit on Thursday and, according to reports in the French press, will be hoping to make announcements on military and strategic cooperation with Argentina. 
At the foot of la Porte de Versailles, this exhibition will be a great opportunity for wine lovers to personally meet local sellers and to discover new wines as well as the history behind them. 
Photo: AFP
Friday November 30th
On Friday, French MPs will have to decide on whether the country should ban the spanking of children known as “la fessée” and the use of corporal punishment in schools.
According to reports in the French press, it looks like for the first time it has a good chance of being voted through. 
Saturday December 1st 
Another 'yellow vests' fuel protest has been mooted for Paris next Saturday, with tens of thousands suggesting they are ready to take part. Watch this space… 
Virtual singer Hatsune Miku begins her first European tour in Paris on Saturday. 
The Paris date is set to coincide with the wider “Japonismes 2018” project celebrating Japanese and French relations throughout 2018.

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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?
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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.