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

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On the Agenda: Everything that's happening in France this week
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Here's a look at the big news and cultural events that will take place in France this week.

Monday April 15th

 
President Emmanuel Macron will give a speech on Monday evening setting out the "first concrete measures" to be taken in response to the grievances aired at over 10,000 townhall-style meetings between January and March or posted online, the presidency told AFP.
 
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A French court will deliberate over the verdict in the trial of Alain Soral, the former Jean-Marie Le Pen speechwriter, who has been tried for Holocaust denial.

Festival of Birds and Nature, Somme Bay, Northern France, from April 13th-22nd

It might have started on Saturday but this festival dedicated to bird and animal watching that has been around since 1991 is on for the rest of the week. And you can discover the Somme Bay like you have never seen it before.
 
The Festival organises events such as bird watching tours, workshops for kids, wildlife documentary viewings, art exhibitions and more.
 
Tuesday April 16th
 
Tuesday marks the beginning of the Salon des Maires, an event dedicated to the elected officials and policy makers in the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France. 
 
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Printemps de Bourges, central France, April 16th-21st
 
This music festival gets bigger every year; over six days, more than 100 artists will perform from a diverse range of genres, with concerts showcasing big names as well as newcomers.
 
Music industry professionals regularly recruit new talent at the Printemps du Bourges, so if you're the type of person who likes to hear new sounds before they hit the charts, it's a good chance to spot about-to-be-discovered stars.
 
And you can get reduced rates for public transport tickets between Bourges and Paris.
 
Wednesday April 17th
 
A French court will deliberate on the appeal of Patrick de Carolis and Bastien Millot, the ex-heads of France Televisions and communications agency Bygmalion, who were charged with nepotism. 
 
Thursday April 18th
 
The verdict in the new trial of Abdelkader Merah, brother of Mohamed Merah, a jihadist who shot dead seven people, including three French soldiers and three Jewish children, in 2012, will be announced in Paris on Thursday. 
 
Abdelkader originally went on trial in 2017 to decide whether he was complicit in the killings carried out by his brother. 
 
The official selection for this year's Cannes film festival will be revealed on Thursday. 
 
Photo: AFP
 
Friday April 19th
 
France's hard-left CGT union are calling on employees of large retailers to go on strike on Friday to fight against the social crisis.
 
According to the union, "more than 30,000 jobs" in French supermarkets have disappeared since 2014.
 
The 20th International Oil Summit will begin in Paris on Friday, with participants set to discuss the challenges of securing investment in the wake of global energy transition, thus meeting future oil demand. 
 
The annual gathering of French Islamic organisations will also begin on Friday. 
 
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The verdict in the defamation case brought by former MP Denis Baupin against media organisations Médiapart and France Inter is set to be announced on Friday. 
 
Baupin was accused of sexual harassment back in 2016 when he was deputy parliamentary speaker and launched legal action against his accusers.
 
Saturday April 20th
 
 Art and antiques festival, Antibes, southern France, April 20th - May 2nd 
 
It's easy to see why the ancient city of Antibes, founded centuries BC and a favourite of Monet, Picasso and Renoir to name just a few, is an appropriate venue for one of Europe's largest antiques and arts fairs.
 
The stalls, some covered and some open-air, will showcase jewellery, artworks and furniture, and the event has become popular with international traders and collectors.
 
Sunday April 21st
 
Easter Sunday might of course mean having a relaxing day at home with the family but if you want to get out and about, there's plenty going on in Paris. 
 
If you've got little ones, why not register for one of the many Easter egg hunts going on across the city? Or you could pay a visit to the Tulip Festival in Saint Denis, which combines a celebration of the beautiful spring flowers with shows, circus acts and other performances.
 
 
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