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On the agenda: What's happening in France this week?

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On the agenda: What's happening in France this week?
French President Emmanuel Macron stands guard after laying a wreath of flowers at the tomb of the unknown soldier under the Arc de Triomphe landmark on top of the Champs Elysees avenue on May 8, 2019 in Paris during ceremonies marking the 74th anniversary of World War II victory in Europe. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / various sources / AFP)

Here's what is happening in France on the week beginning May 3rd.


Monday, May 3rd

Beginning of phase 1 of the lifting of lockdown, when the 10km rule is scrapped and attestations are no longer needed for journeys during the day.

IN DETAIL The calendar for reopening France after lockdown 

Secondary schools and high schools (collèges and lycées) return to in-person classes after a week of online learning following the rescheduled Easter holidays. School principals have the option of retaining up to 50 percent of distance learning for pupils at lycée or in the older age groups at collège.

The Covid vaccination programme is now open to all adults suffering from a long-term medical condition including diabetes, hypertension or a BMI of 30 or above. Find full details HERE.

Train operator SNCF launches a summer sale with 5 million rail tickets from €39. 

Tuesday, May 4th

Vote of French MPs on the wide-ranging climate bill that is making its way through parliament.


Wednesday, May 5th

Nationwide day of industrial action and demonstrations by midwives, who are involved in a dispute over pay. The action is scheduled for International Midwives' Day.

200th anniversary of the death of Napoleon, marked by a ceremony at Les Invalides in Paris, attended by president Emmanuel Macron.

Thursday, May 6th

Weekly update from the French health ministry on the latest Covid situation. Phases two, three and four of the reopening plan depends on the latest health data, with the possibility of a delayed reopening in areas where numbers remain high.

MAP: Where in France has the highest Covid rates?

Saturday, May 8th

Victory in Europe Day. This is usually a public holiday in France, but unfortunately falls on a Saturday this year, meaning no extra day off. Normally marked by large military parades and wreath-laying, this year will see scaled-down events, with Emmanuel Macron presiding over remembrance in Paris.

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