On the Agenda: Everything that’s happening in France this week

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: Everything that's happening in France this week
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Monday February 25th

French President Emmanuel Macron is set to give a joint press conference with Iraqi President Barham Saleh one year after victory was announced against the Islamic State in Iraq.

“This meeting will be an opportunity for the French president to confirm France's full support to help Iraq meet the challenges of security, stabilization, inclusive governance and reconstruction of the country,” said the Elysee. 
A preliminary report on the plane crash which killed footballer Emiliano Sala while he was travelling from Nantes to Cardiff back in January will be released on Monday by the British authorities. 
Monday also marks the beginning of Paris Fashion Week
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Tuesday February 26th
Various Christian churches will gather in the eastern city of Strasbourg to protest an anti-Semitic act that saw 80 gravestones vandalised at a Jewish cemetery last week. 
Swastikas and anti-Semitic tags were found daubed over the gravestones at a cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim, close to the border with Germany in the Alsace region.
Wednesday February 27th
President Macron will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris to discuss Brexit, US relations and the Aix-la-Chapelle defence partnership signed by the two countries back in January.  
The French Minister for Ecological Transition will debate the so-called “deal of the century” climate petition with a selection of 100 of the signatories. 
The petition was created in order to garner support for suing the French state for “inaction against climate change” signed by a total of two million people. 
Photo: AFP
Thursday February 28th
Make your post-work apero a little bit more special on Thursday by taking advantage of the “winter chalet on the roofs of Paris” event at the rooftop bar “Tout le monde en parle“. 
Friday March 1st 
The Franco-Italian economic forum set to take place in Versailles. 
Meanwhile in Baux-de-Provence in the south of France on Friday, a new Van Gogh exhibition will open
Saturday March 2nd 
The Louvre museum in Paris will be open to all for free on Saturday night as part of its new scheme to attract younger, less wealthy visitors.
The museum has said that opening for free one Saturday night a month is a bid to underpin the “democratisation” of the Louvre, where a full-price ticket costs 17 euros ($19).
Louvre bids to pull in younger visitors by opening Saturday nights for free
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It might not be everyone's cup of tea but for any fans of foie gras out there this event, which celebrates all traditional fattened goose cuisine, could be ideal. 
The festival includes lots of foie gras-themed activities such as a big banquet with all-you-can-eat foie gras and cookery demonstration workshops for children and adults, as well as live music.
On top of that, a Périgord-style carcass soup is offered to everyone at the market so that visitors can discover the riches of traditional goose cuisine. 
Sunday March 3rd
Who said Parisians are always serious? For those who want to carry on the party spirit of Nice, Paris has its own one-day carnival, which will see locals dressing up and walking through the streets of the French capital.
Free to all those that want to get involved, the parade will start at Place Gambetta and finish at Place de la Republique and there couldn't be a more fun way to see a different side of Paris.

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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.