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

From a major change in Covid rules to political debates and a key sporting event, this is what's happening in France this week.

The week in France: What's happening in France this week
The rules on blood donation in France change this week. Photo by FRED DUFOUR / AFP

Monday

Covid rule changes – two big changes come into force on Monday: the end (for now at least) of the vaccine pass and the lifting of the mask rules in most indoor areas. Masks will remain compulsory on public transport, and international travel restrictions remain in place – full details HERE.

TV debate – French TV station TF1 is holding a special debate on the war in Ukraine featuring 8 of the 12 presidential candidates including Emmanuel Macron. Starts at 8.20pm.

Tuesday

Terror trial – As part of the ongoing trial into the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris, Salah Abdeslam – the only one of the attackers still alive – will give evidence about the planning of the attacks, which killed 130 people at the Bataclan music venue and Paris bars and restaurants.

Wednesday

Blood donors – new rules come into force that allow gay men to give blood under the same conditions as everyone else. Announced in January, the new rules do away with the ‘absurd and outdated’ rule that gay men can only donate blood if they are not sexually active.

Thursday

Angoulême festival – the delayed Angoulême comic festival begins on Thursday and runs until Sunday. It’s the third largest festival of graphic novels and comics in the world, typically attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and thousands of artists. You can find more information here

Friday

60th anniversary of end of the Algerian war – the Evian Accords, which brought an end to the brutal and bloody conflict in Algeria, were signed on March 18th, 1962, paving the way for Algerian independence. Even 60 years on, the war remains a difficult subject in France, although Macron has attempted to bring some closure by commissioning an independent report into what he has called a ‘crime against humanity’.

Saturday 

Le crunch – If you’re in Paris you might notice a lot of Englishmen in town – France take on England at the Stade de France in the final match of the Six Nations rugby tournament.

Sunday

Journée internationale de la Francophonie the official French language day is an initiative that aims to promote the use of the French language around the globe.

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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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