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 April 8th

The long, windy beaches of Berck sur Mer see hundreds of thousands of tourists gather annually to admire giant kites of all shapes, sizes and colours. 
It might have started on Saturday but there will be displays, workshops and fireworks at night for the whole week until Sunday April 14th. 
People flying kites during the 32nd International Kite Festival in Berck-sur-Mer in 2018. Photo: AFP
Monday marks the opening of this year's annual MIPTV event (International Market for Content Development and Distribution) in Cannes. 

The event, which this year will take place from April 8th-11th, is a content market for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing entertainment content. 

Tuesday April 9th

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to visit France for a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron on her way to the crunch EU summit where she will ask for another Brexit extension.
Emmanuel Macron's office said on Monday that he will meet Theresa May on Tuesday, one day before an EU summit where she is expected to ask the bloc for another delay to Brexit.
The two leaders are scheduled to meet at 6pm local time, with May also travelling to Berlin for talks on Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Macron to hold talks with May before crucial EU Brexit summit
Photo: AFP
The French government is set to make an announcement on the results of the Great Debate in front of the country's MPs on Tuesday. 
Giving the first conclusions of a “Great National Debate” which was launched in January in response to the protests, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Monday that French citizens had expressed “an enormous exasperation” over the heavy tax burden.
“The debates show us very clearly which way to go. We need to lower taxes, and lower them more quickly,” he told an audience in Paris.
Wednesday April 10th 
Macron will be in Brussels on Wednesday for the emergency summit meeting of European leaders to discuss whether the UK will be granted an extension to Brexit.
France has sought to ramp up pressure on British Prime Minister Theresa May, with Macron saying that her request for an extension of the deadline for Brexit would not automatically be accepted, meaning Britain could crash out of the bloc without a deal. 
Thursday April 11th
The ten candidates at the top of the list for the European elections will present their views on social issues, sustainable development and digital issues.
Pensioners are set to take to the streets to protest their diminishing spending power on Thursday.
Legendary American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will play three nights at the Grand Rex in Paris from April 11th to April 13th. 
Bob Dylan performs at the Vieilles Charrues music festival in western France in 2012. Photo: AFP
Friday April 12th
We know you've heard this before but Friday *could* be a big day for British people living in France. 
Friday is currently Brexit day, with the UK set to crash out on April 12th if it can't secure another extension from the EU (unless it decides to cancel Brexit altogether).
Whether this will happen depends on what is decided at the emergency meeting on Wednesday in Brussels (see above).
The Youth for Climate campaign group will be holding two protests in France on Saturday — one in Paris, and another in Lyon. 
Saturday April 13th 
The first general meeting of female journalists will take place on April 13th in Paris.
The purpose of the event is to develop concrete solutions to discrimination and harassment in newsrooms.
There will also be demonstrations from “yellow vests” on Saturday. Exact details have not yet been announced, but organisers have said that protests will continue throughout April.

Sunday April 14th
This will be the 43rd edition of the Paris marathon, one of the world's biggest, with a route taking in iconic Parisian views. Even if you won't be participating, you can find a scenic spot to watch the racers and enjoy some of the entertainment on offer for the occasion.
The “Salon du Running”, which takes place three days before the marathon at Porte de Versailles, has become part of the build up the run, where running fans can meet over 200 professionals. 

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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.