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.

On the agenda: What's coming up in France this week
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Monday December 3rd 

The first trial in the Levothyrox drug case, filed collectively by more than 4,000 plaintiffs who accuse pharmaceutical giant Merck of a “lack of information” about its thyroid treatment, began on Monday in Lyon.
Tuesday December 4th
French President Emmanuel Macron is set to receive the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday for a working dinner. 
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (R) and France's President Emmanuel Macron (L). Photo: AFP
The appeal of serial killer Francis Heaulme against a life-sentence for the murder of two children in Montigny-les-Metz in 1986 will begin on Tuesday. 
Wednesday December 5th
Macron will head to Serbia on Wednesday in the hopes of improving relations between Paris and Belgrade after Serbs protested over a protocol misfire during the Armistice Day anniversary celebrations in the French capital. 
Thursday December 6th
The Transmusicales festival has been around for over three decades now, and has a reputation for discovering future chart-toppers. Portishead, Nirvana, Kate Nash and the Ting Tings all played here before they found fame, so you have a good chance of finding your new favourite artist here.
Saturday December 8th
An International Walk for the Climate will take place in Paris on World Climate Day on Saturday.

Member comments

  1. “Saturday December 8th – An International Walk for the Climate will take place in Paris on World Climate Day on Saturday”.
    REALLY? I don’t think so… I would be careful going into Paris on Saturday, unless you’re with the Gilet Jeune crowd…

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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.