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

On the agenda: What's happening in France this week?
This week of the first opportnity of the year to 'faire le pont'.Photo: Damien Meyer/AFP
Here's what is happening in France in the week beginning May 10th.

Monday, May 10th

There’s a new phase of the vaccine strategy, from May 10th anyone over 50 is eligible for a vaccine. Here’s how to book.

French MPs consider the projet de loi relatif à la gestion de la sortie de crise sanitaire (proposed bill on the management of the exit from the health crisis) which includes repealing the State of Health emergency and debating the introduction of the ‘health pass‘ for tourism and leisure activities in France.

Tuesday, May 11th

The Senate examines the bill on the changes to social security system.

Wednesday, May 12th

Opening up of last-minute vaccine appointments to all adults. From today, if you can find a vaccine appointment for the next 24 hours on any booking platform you are entitled to book it, even if you are not in an eligible group. Here’s how booking will work.

Hearing at the Court of Appeal for Airbus and Air France over the crash of the Rio-Paris air disaster in 2009.

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Festival of Eid-el-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan.

Thursday, May 13th

Thursday is a public holiday for Ascension Day, unusually the first holiday in May this year. Normally May 1st and May 8th are both holidays in France, but fell on a Saturday this year. Friday will therefore be the first chance for French workers to faire le pont in 2021.

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Friday, May 14th

Events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the rafle du billet vert (green ticket round-up), the first in what became a series of round-ups of Jews by the French Vichy government. Detained Jews were deported to camps, including concentration camps in Germany and Poland where many were murdered. 

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