On the agenda: What’s happening in France this week that you should know about

On the agenda: What's happening in France this week that you should know about
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Here's a look at the big news and cultural events that will take place in France this week.

Monday January 7th

The highest-profile Catholic cleric to be caught up in a paedophile scandal in France, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin goes on trial on Monday charged with failing to report a priest who abused boy scouts in the 1980s and 90s.
The archbishop of Lyon, in central eastern France, is accused along with five others from his diocese of helping cover up abuse in one of the parishes in the area.
France's top cardinal to go on trial over child abuse cover up
Photo: AFP
Meanwhile, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo are set to pay homage to the victims of the January 2015 terror attacks at Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish Kosher store in the French capital. 
The 6th international congress against sexual violence begins in Paris on Monday. 
Wednesday January 9th
French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit the Maison du handball (Handball centre) in the southeastern Paris suburb of Créteil along with the president of the French Handball Federation, Joel Delplanque and all the partners who contributed to the project.
The court of appeal is set to hear the case of the mother of Fiona, the five-year-old French girl who was killed back in 2013.
Cécile Bourgeon fooled France that her daughter was missing before breaking down and confessing that her boyfriend, who is also appealing, had in fact killed the child in a drunken rage. 
Photo: AFP
Meanwhile, it's good news for any shopaholics out there — or just anyone who likes a good bargain because Wednesday marks the beginning of the official winter sales across most of France, including in Paris.
Bernadette Chirac, the wife of former French President Jacques Chirac and retired French footballer Didier Deschamps will launch the 30th Operations Pieces Jaunes annual appeal to raise money for children's hospitals in France.
Thursday January 10th 
Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky will go on trial on Thursday after setting fire to the Banque de France building in Paris back in 2017. 
The performance artist, who was granted political asylum in France, and his wife and partner, Oksana Shalygina were both charged with causing property damage that endangered the lives of others at the time.
Pyotr Pavlensky with his wife. Photo: AFP
Saturday January 12th
The most recent “yellow vest” protests are still making headlines but that hasn't stopped the group preparing for Act 9 this coming Saturday. 
So far not many details are known however an event created by one of the protest group's leaders Eric Drouet, who has so far been arrested twice, has seen 1,400 people say they will attend and 7,700 people say there are “interested”. 
For the time being, the event is set to take place in the city of Bourges in central France “to confirm our unity and to allow everyone to be at equal distance leaving the big cities”. 
Watch this space. 

Sunday January 13th
Fans of vintage cars won't want to miss out on the arrival of around 700 classic cars in the French capital on Sunday. 
The event will see the eye-catching vehicles drive 30 km around Paris and this year's theme is graphic novels which is sure to please adults and children alike.

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