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

Here is what is happening in France in the week beginning June 14th.

On the agenda: What's happening in France this week
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Monday, June 14th

Senators consider France’s wide-ranging new climate bill, which includes provisions to limit domestic flights where trains are available.

Tuesday, June 15th

Covid vaccinations open up to under 18s – for full details click HERE.

The CGT union is calling for a ‘day of action’ from its members in the healthcare sector, who say healthcare is underfunded and staff are at breaking point.

France play Germany in their first match of the delayed Euro2020 football tournament.

Wednesday, June 16th

Youngsters across France begin the exams for their baccaleaureate qualification. This year the end-of-school exams are in a different format, with a greater emphasis on coursework and fewer exams, a temporary format agreed to try and minimise Covid-related disruption.

Thursday, June 17th

Reopening of Disneyland Paris. The theme park has been closed since October because of the health restrictions.

IN DETAIL: When do France’s top tourist sites reopen

Friday, June 18th

Two festivals make their return, the Lille piano festival and the Monte Carlo TV festival.

Saturday, June 19th

Occupation planned in central Paris by the environmental pressure group Extinction Rebellion

Sunday, June 20th

First round of the regional elections in France.

EXPLAINED: What’s at stake in France’s regional elections?

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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.

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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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