This week in France: What you need to know

From the introduction of the vaccine pass to the outlining of a European dream, here's what is coming up this week in France.

This week in France: What you need to know
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The government hopes to move ahead with the conversion of the health pass into a vaccine pass some time this week after the bill was passed on a final reading in the French parliament. The exact date is yet to be confirmed, but Friday, January 21st looks likely.

EXPLAINED What changes when France’s health pass becomes a vaccine pass? 

Also a reminder that deactivation of health passes for over 18s who do not have a booster shot is now underway, along with a new travel regime for the UK.


A decision is expected from the courts over far-right TV pundit and presidential candidate Eric Zemmour, who is accused of inciting hatred against migrants, specifically unaccompanied children, in 2020.

Beginning of the international comedy film festival Festival de l’Alpe d’Huez in Isère, eastern France.


Calls for strike action among workers in the medico-social sector over working conditions. The strike is likely to involve demos and working to rule, rather than workers walking out on their jobs.

Launch of Paris fashion week. Most fashion houses have returned to live fashion shows, with health measures in place, after last year’s largely virtual shows. Fashion week begins with menswear.


French president Emmanuel Macron travels to Strasbourg to address the European Parliament, laying out his plans for France’s six-month stint as presidency of the EU.


The only surviving member of the group accused of taking part in the November 13th terror attacks at Paris venues including the Bataclan is expected to give evidence to the court. The trial into the November 13 attacks – France’s biggest ever trial – opened in September 2021 and is expected to last until May. In total 20 defendants are on trial but only Sahlah Abdelslam is accused of being one of the attackers – the rest all died either at the scene or in later police actions. 

French teaching unions are calling for renewed strikes against the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in schools. 


Possible start date for the vaccine pass, although this is yet to be confirmed.

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

From a new government and a tax deadline to a public holiday and an influx of football fans in Paris - here's what is happening in France this week.

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


Council of Ministers – this will be the first meeting of the Council of Ministers from the newly-formed French government, announced on Friday. The regular weekly meeting of the highest-ranking French ministers tackles all aspect of government.

READ ALSO Who’s who in the new French government

Paris transport strike – services in the city’s bus and tram network will be affected on Monday as staff take strike action in a long-running dispute over service reorganisation. Metro services are not affected.


Tax deadline day – this is the first deadline for the completion of the annual tax declaration online, and it applies to people who live in départements 1-19 or those who live outside France. For help with completing the declaration, head to our tax section.

READ ALSO Who has to fill in the annual French tax declaration?

Besson case – the court of appeal is set to publish its judgement in the case of the film director Luc Besson, who has been accused of rape.

Marseille literature festival – the literary festival Oh les beaux jours begins in Marseille.


Music festival – the festival of electronic music Nuits sonoré begins in Lyon.


Ascension Day – The Christian holiday of Ascension marks the first public holiday of the month. Normally May 1st (workers’ day) and May 8th (VE Day) are both holidays in France, but this year they fell on a Sunday, meaning no extra day off. Ascension also represents one of the rare chances to faire le pont in 2022.


Champions League final – If you’re in Paris, expect it to be full of Spaniards and Scousers as Real Madrid take on Liverpool for the Champions League final at the Stade de France. The final was originally set to be held in Russia, but was relocated due to the invasion of Ukraine.

READ ALSO What Liverpool fans coming to Paris for the Champions League final need to know

End of Cannes film festival – the film festival ends on Saturday after two weeks of celebration in the southern French seaside resort.