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, January 28th
The government announced a record low in the number of road fatalities in 2018 when it released the annual road death figures. In 2018, there were 3,259 deaths on the country's roads, down from 3,448 in 2017. This fall in road deaths comes a few months after a controversial speed limit was introduced in July on some French roads reducing speed from 90 km/h hours to 80 km/h . 
Tuesday, January 29th
The French book prize Les Deux Magot, named after the eponymous Parisian café on the Left Bank, will name this year's winner, in what is the first of a number of much-followed book prizes in France every year.
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Wednesday, January 30th
The government will release France's economic growth figures for 2018. Economist have forecast a slower growth than in 2017, attributed largely to a global slowdown but also to series of national social crises in France including a costly strike at the national French rail company the SNCF in the spring and the ongoing “Yellow Vest” protests.
French economy: Growth slips despite Macron's pro-business push
Thursday, January 31st
Pensioners are planning to take to the streets again across the country to protest against cuts in their pensions due to government reforms which many see as unfair and favourable to the rich.
The 'Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain' a circus festival, kicks off in Paris for four days with a host of shows to celebrate its 40th year. 
Angry French pensioners march against Macron
Friday, February 1st
France and Wales will kick off the Six Nations Rugby Tournament at the Stade de France in Paris.
The verdict of the trial of two policemen accused of raping a Canadian tourist at the Paris police headquarters in 2014 will be announced. 
One of France's largest homeless people's charity, the Fondation Abbé Pierre is set to release its annual report on the problems of inadequate housing in France. 
'It's unacceptable': 11 homeless people die on Paris streets in just six weeks
Saturday February 2nd
Will there be an Act XII? The Gilet Jaunes protests will likely continue in France next Saturday although no details have been announced yet. Check in with us later in the week to hear what the protesters will have planned for next Saturday.
Saturday it's 'Chandeleur', which will see many people in France eating pancakes. It's a religious holiday in France that nowadays sees a lot of people eating a lot of crêpes (and it's not the same as 'Shrove Tuesday which is in March this year and is called 'Mardi Gras'). Traditionally, people did this as it was a good way to use up the extra wheat ahead of the new harvest. 

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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.