On the agenda: What’s happening in France this week

Here's a look at the big news, sporting and cultural events set to take place in France this week.

On the agenda: What's happening in France this week
The Diner en blanc will be on Thursday in Paris. Photo: AFP

Monday, June 3rd

The first reading in the National Assembly of amendments to the Loi d'orientation de mobilités, France's wide ranging transport bill, takes place. The law looks at a range of issues around how to make sure that everyone in France has access to good quality public transport and how to make transport greener. The law has already been read in parliament once, but several amendments have now been added and those will be debated today. Among the amendments being considered are one to ban parking spaces within five metres of a pedestrian crossing, and one to restrict domestic flights on routes where there are trains available.

A public consultation begins in France of the revenu universel d'activite, or universal income, which is a proposal of French president Emmanual Macron's to streamline the various benefits and allowances paid into one single system.

It might have started on Saturday but there's still a long time to go if you want to catch this wonderful photo exhibition. 
For the past 13 years, over 2.5 million visitors have descended on La Gacilly, in the northwestern region of Brittany, for the biggest outdoor photography festival in the country.


Committed to sustainable development, the exhibition showcases art and photojournalism with hundreds of photos installed throughout the streets of the village to peruse at leisure.
Tuesday, June 4th

Eid-al-Fir – the end of the month of Ramadan will be celebrated throughout the Muslim world with festivals, family get-togethers and fireworks.

There will be a demonstration by railway workers against railway reforms. The CGT union has called for a 'day of action' including a demonstration at SNCF headquarters. However, the action stops short of a full strike and it is not expected to cause disruption on the railway network.

Wednesday, June 5th

Macron will travel to Portsmouth in England for the first stage of the commemorations of the D-Day landings. Here's how France will be commemorating the anniversary. 

World Environment Day – the theme of this year's UN backed event is air pollution.

Thursday, June 6th

Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. There will be a series of events to mark 75 years since a combined British and American force stormed the beaches and began the liberation of France. The main event in France will take place in Colleville-sur-Mer in Calvados, where Macron and US president Donald Trump will travel to pay their respects to the fallen.

Paris hosts its annual Diner en blanc. The posh picnic involves thousands of people all dressed in white turning up to a location that is only ever revealed at the last minute.

The Diner en blanc will be held somewhere in Paris. Photo: AFP

Friday, June 7th

The Women's World Cup football tournament kicks off. Hosted by France, the opening match is between France and Korea at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Kick off is at 9pm

Festival Art Rock begins in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany. The three-day festival has acts including The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Primal Scream, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Angèle.

Saturday, June 8th

Women's final of the French Open at Roland-Garros.

The hot air balloon festival begins in Annonay in the Ardèche département in southern France. Running on Saturday and Sunday, the free-to-enter festival celebrates the legacy of inventors Etienne and Joseph de Montgolfier, who launched the world's first balloon flight in Annonay.

Could Roger Federer be on course for another win at the French open? Photo: AFP

Sunday, June 9th

Men's final of the French Open at Roland-Garros.

England and Scotland play their first games of the Women's World Cup, they battle each other at the Stade de Nice, kick off at 6pm local time.

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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.