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The week in France: What’s happening in France this week

From school holidays and carnival time to high-level diplomatic missions, here's what is happening in France this week.

The week in France: What's happening in France this week
Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

Monday

French president Emmanuel Macron travels to Russia to meet Putin before heading to Ukraine on Tuesday in an attempt to de-escalate the growing crisis on the Ukraine border. 

Tuesday 

The winter sales end across most of France on Tuesday.

Wednesday

Salah Abdelslam is expected to give evidence in the ongoing trial into the 2015 terror attacks in Paris which targeted the Stade de France, the Bataclan music venue and bars and cafés in the city centre, leaving 130 people dead. Abdelslam is the only one of the suspected attackers still alive and is on trial with 19 others who are accused of being part of the planning and organisation of the attacks.

READ ALSO Paris 2015 terror attacks: What happened?

Thursday

Debate in parliament on the new law that aims to tackle bullying in schools. Among the proposals is making school bullying a criminal offence punishable with a maximum of three years in jail.

Friday

Schools in zone A – which includes Bordeaux, Grenoble and Lyon – break up for the two-week February holiday. Schools in zone B (most of northern France with the exception of Paris) are already on holiday.

Friday

Nice Carnival begins. The two-week long festival starts at 6.30pm on Friday with an opening ceremony. Find the full schedule here.

Saturday

France take on Ireland at the Stade de France in the second weekend of men’s Six Nations rugby fixtures. Full crowds are again allowed for sports matches, but eating and drinking in stadiums is still banned (this restriction is set to be lifted on February 16th).

(And a little hint for lovers, Monday marks Valentine’s Day, so this week might be a good time to buy your gift and/or book a restaurant).

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WHAT CHANGES IN FRANCE

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

Monday 

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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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.

Saturday

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.

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