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 January 21st

Chefs across the country will be waiting with baited breath on Monday as the Michelin Guide prepares to release its 2019 list of starred restaurants in France at 3.15 pm. 

The new international director of the guide Gwendal Poullennec has revealed that 75 restaurants will be promoted in terms of the number of stars they have, with an unprecedented number of women and young talents from all over France set to be honoured.

Photo: AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron will receive 150 bosses of French companies in Versailles on Monday for the “Choose France” summit

During the event the president, who will be accompanied by almost all members of his government, will discuss why France is attractive for business.

The Spanghero trial is set to begin on Monday.

The French company was accused back in 2014 of knowingly selling horsemeat under the label of beef. 

Tuesday January 22nd 

Large parts of France will be covered in up to 10 cm of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday as the heaviest snowfall of this winter so far hits the country. 

France's westerly regions are forecast to receive a more modest 1 to 5 cm of snowfall but it could end up looking like a veritable winter wonderland in the east.

Photo: AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will sign a new treaty on Tuesday to further strengthen Franco-German cooperation in the run-up to next year's EU elections.   

The two leaders, both of whom have been weakened domestically, will meet in the French border town of Aix-la-Chapelle to ink an accord “which will strengthen the already close ties between Germany and France,” the French presidency said.
Wednesday January 23rd

On Wednesday, French MPs will 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.

Thursday January 24th

The world's leading comic book and graphic novel festival begins on Thursday in Angouleme, the capital of the Charente department in southwestern France.

Photo: AFP

Friday January 25th

France is set to publish its unemployment figures for the last quarter of 2018 on Friday. 

Saturday January 26th

Saturday means another protest day for the 'yellow vests' in France. Preparations are under way for Act 11 already after Act 10 attracted another 84,000 protesters (as many as the week before). However, few details are available at the moment. Watch this space. 

Sunday January 27th

And on Sunday it will be the turn of the anti-yellow vest movement 'les foulards rouges' (the red scarves) who will be taking to the streets to voice their opposition to the gilets jaunes

This will be the first protest of its kind and aims to stop the violence of the 'yellow vests'. 

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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.