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

On the agenda: What's happening in France this week
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Here's what is happening in France on the week beginning May 17th.

Monday, May 17th

Return of British tourists, visitors and second-home owners. The UK’s travel rules which have banned most of its citizens from leaving the country are relaxed, meaning that Brits can once again visit France for ‘non-essential’ purposes such as holidays, trips to second homes and visits to family and friends. There are still quite a few rules in place around testing and quarantine, however.

READ ALSO Everything you need to know about travelling between the UK and France

Deadline day for people to declare their candidacy for the regional elections, which take place in June.

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Tuesday, May 18th

French MPs in the Assemblée nationale debate the bill on making changes to France’s judicial system, including a speeding up of the court process.

Senators will debate the bill on exiting the health crisis – including the provisions for a ‘health passport‘ that have proved quite controversial.

READ ALSO How France’s health passport will work this summer

Calls for a national strike of La Poste employees.

Wednesday, May 19th

Phase two of France’s reopening plan, including the reopening of bar, restaurant and café terraces and the relaxation of the curfew. Find the full list of changes HERE.

Demonstration in Paris at the instigation of police unions after the murder of an officer during a drug bust in Avignon.

Thursday, May 20th

Deadline for the annual tax declaration if you are filing on paper. The French government asks everyone who can to declare their taxes online. However first time tax payers and people living in areas with poor internet access may use the paper version of the tax forms. The declaration is compulsory for almost everyone living in France – find out who needs to file and how to go about it HERE.

Ex president Nicolas Sarkozy back in court over a long-running investigation into illegal campaign financing.

Friday, May 21st 

Health summit of G20 countries, held in Rome.

Saturday, May 22nd

Beginning of what is, for some, a long weekend as the Pentecost holiday is on Monday, May 24th. This is no longer an official public holiday in France, although plenty of people do still get the day off work.

READ ALSO Pentecost: The French public holiday where people work for free

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