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On the agenda: Everything that’s happening 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: Everything that's happening in France this week
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Monday December 17th

French-Uruguayan singer, songwriter and poet Francis Lalanne is set to hold a press conference in Paris on Monday during which he is expected to formally announce his decision to help the gilets jaunes 'yellow vests' come up with a list of people to run for the European elections in May 2019. 

During a concert on December 8th, the singer demonstrated his support for the movement by wearing a high vis jacket at his concert in Paris and since then he has said he is ready to partially finance a European election campaign.  

Francis Lalanne. Photo: AFP

Tuesday December 18th 

Pensioners will take to the streets yet again on Tuesday to protest against the government's budget which they say puts “pensions at risk” and threatens to “impoverish” them.

Photo: AFP

Wednesday December 19th

Macron's measures for improving spending power are set to be presented to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. 

The case of Vincent Lambert, a brain-damaged Frenchman who wants to be taken off life support, is set to be heard again in court on Wednesday. 

Lambert's wife supports the move, but his devout Catholic parents and some of his friends have previously insisted he was showing signs of improvement.

The French courts will present its verdict on whether the ruling that French bank Societe Generale should pay 'rogue trader' Jerome Kerviel €450,000 for firing him in 2016 will be upheld. 

French 'rogue trader' Jerome Kerviel. Photo: AFP

Friday December 21st

The verdict is set to be announced in the case of French oil giant Total which has been tried for corruption in Iran over contracts carried out in the 1990s. 

The verdict will also be announced in the appeal of serial killer Francis Heaulme against a life-sentence for the murder of two children in Montigny-les-Metz in 1986.

Friday marks the 60th anniversary since General Charles de Gaulle was first elected as president of the Republic. 

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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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