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On the agenda: Here’s what is happening in France this week

Here is what is happening in France on the week beginning June 7th.

On the agenda: Here's what is happening in France this week
The bitterly contested pension reforms saw weeks of transport strikes. Photo: Clement Mahoudeau/AFP

Monday, June 7th

Bill on bioethics, which includes expanding provisions for IVF treatment to lesbian couples, comes before the Assemblée nationale.

Tuesday, June 8th

Deadline for the annual tax declaration for people living in départements 55 to 975 (which includes the Paris region). Find details of who needs to complete the declaration HERE.

Hearing in the Commercial Court on the future of metal foundry Fonderies du Poitou, which is threatened with bankruptcy and the loss of all 570 jobs.

France play Bulgaria at Stade de France in the final warm-up match in advance of the postponed Euro2020 tournament.

Wednesday, June 9th

The start of phase 3 of France’s reopening plans, with bars, cafés and restaurants allowed to reopen their indoor spaces, gyms and swimming pools reopening and the curfew moving back to 11pm. You can find the full list of changes HERE.

The traffic light system will be introduced for international travel, meaning that fully vaccinated travellers from countries including the UK, USA and Canada will be able to travel to France for any reason including tourism, family visits and visits from second-home owners. Travellers from orange countries will still need a negative Covid test, however, and questions remain over what proof of vaccination status will be accepted. Find the full explanation HERE.

France will begin using the health passport – requiring proof of either vaccination, negative Covid test or recent recovery from Covid, to enter certain events and venues.

Thursday, June 10th

France’s State Council hears a case brought by unions attempting to delay the implementation of president Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms, the subject of mass transportation strike in December 2019 and January 2020.

A strike by psychologists over proposed changes to professional registration rules.

Friday, June 11th

First reading in the Assemblée national of the budget.

Trial begins of the rapper Kalash over an alleged hit-and-run on the Champs-Elysee. Kalash, from the French overseas territory of Martinique, has filed his own case against police, who he claims insulted, punched and strangled him during the arrest, which came after a Drake concert in March 2019.

Start of the Euro 2020 tournament with Italy v Turkey.

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France to roll out ID cards app

Technology is being rolled out to allow people to carry their French ID cards in an app form - and could be rolled out to other cards, including driving licences and cartes de séjour residency cards.

France to roll out ID cards app

Holders of French carte d’identité (ID cards) will soon be able to carry certified digital versions of them on their smartphone or other electronic devices, a decree published in the Journal Officiel has confirmed.

An official app is being developed for holders of the newer credit card-format ID cards that have information stored on a chip. A provisional test version of the app is expected at the end of May.

Users will be able to use the ID card app, when it becomes available, for a range of services “from checking in at the airport to renting a car”, according to Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market.

All French citizens have an ID card, which can be used for proving identity in a range of circumstances and for travel within the EU and Schengen zone – the new app will be in addition to the plastic card that holders already have.

Under the plans, after downloading the app, card holders will need merely to hold the card close to their phone to transfer the required information. According to officials, the holder then can decide what information is passed on – such as proof of age, or home address – according to the situation.

The government has not given any examples of situations in which the app would need to be used, but has set out the main principles and the ambition of the plan: to allow everyone to identify themselves and connect to certain public and private organisations, in particular those linked to the France Connect portal.

READ ALSO What is France Connect and how could it make your life simpler?

Cards will continue to be issued for the foreseeable future – this is merely an extension of the existing system.

Only French citizens have ID cards, but if successful the app is expected to be rolled out to include other cards, such as driving licences, cartes de séjour residency cards or even visas. A digital wallet is being developed at the European level – Member States have until September to agree what it could contain.

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