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The Local - [email protected] • 19 Apr, 2021 Updated Mon 19 Apr 2021 09:11 CEST
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Here's a look ahead to what is happening in France on the week beginning April 19th.


Monday, April 19th

The government formally presents new travel restrictions, which include the introduction of a compulsory quarantine for arrivals from four countries and the suspension of flights between France and Brazil. The quarantine, announced over the weekend, is aimed at containing the P1 variant of Covid-19.

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Postal strike in Loire-Atlantique. If you live in the Loire-Atlantique département you can expect delays in the postal service due to a strike beginning on Monday by members of the CGT and SUD unions. La Poste says this will particularly impact delivery dates on parcels.


Tuesday, April 20th

The beginning of a tribunal hearing in Lille on the future of office supplies firm Office Depot, which went into receivership earlier in the year but was allowed by the court to continue trading. The chain of 60 stores across France employs 1,750 people.

Wednesday, April 21st

Meeting of the Defence Council which looks at the latest Covid situation and any measures that can be imposed or relaxed.

Thursday, April 22nd

International climate summit in Washington, organised by the US government.

Regular weekly update on the Covid situation in France from the health ministry. There are not expected to be any major changes in the health rules this week.

Friday, April 23rd

Demonstrations are planned across France in protest at reforms of the unemployment system. This part of an ongoing project from Emmanuel Macron's government which it says focuses the system more on training and skills and getting people back into work. Unions say the new measures are less generous and will disadvantage people such as seasonal workers. 

End of the rescheduled Easter holidays for schools across France. Normally school holiday dates vary according to region, but this year the dates were changed to give all schools a complete three-week closure, in the hopes of slowing Covid cases. The holiday ends on Friday with crèches and primary schools returning to in-person teaching on April 26th, while secondary and high schools have one more week of distance learning before reopening on May 3rd.

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End of the initial ban on flights between France and Brazil, which was imposed as a one-week measure. This could, however, be extended.

Saturday, April 24th

Full enforcement of the quarantine on arrivals from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and South Africa. Measures will be introduced gradually over the week and by Saturday police will be told to enforce them fully, with fines for non-compliance.



The Local 2021/04/19 09:11

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