What’s happening in France this week?

From demonstrations and a strike, to speech from Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in the French parliament and the clocks changing, here's what is happening in France this week.

What's happening in France this week?
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will address the French parliament via videolink in March. Photo by Adrian Wyld / POOL / AFP


Health campaign – The French government launches a recruitment campaign for health workers to increase numbers, part of a wide-ranging consultation on the future of the country’s health services.


Michelin Guide – it’s the day that chefs both look forward to and dread, the publication of the new edition of the Michelin Guide, listing the country’s best restaurants. This year’s guide aims to celebrate the ‘diversity and resilience’ of French gastronomy.


Zelensky speech – Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky will address the French Assemblée nationale via videolink. Although French president Emmanuel Macron has been at the forefront of efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict and speaks regularly to Zelensky by phone, the Ukrainian president has been critical of western countries for refusing to provide military support to enforce a no-fly zone over the Ukrainian skies.

Corsican unrest – a hearing will be held in the legal committee of the French parliament over the attempted murder of Corsican nationalist Yvan Colonna. The prison attack, which has left Colonna in a coma, has sparked weeks of violent protests on the island of Corsica, where a significant group are demanding either full independence from France or greater autonomy for the island.

READ ALSO Why the French island of Corsica is talking about autonomy


Pension protests – nine unions have joined a call for demonstrations over pension plans. Emmanuel Macron has announced that, if re-elected, he plans to raise the pension age from 62 to 65.


Paris transport strike – Employees of the Paris public transport network RATP are holding a one-day strike to protest at the cost-of-living crisis. The full strike timetable will be published on Thursday evening, but it’s likely that buses, trams and the Metro will be significantly disrupted, along with some RER services.


Clocks change – France moves into summer time and at 2am on Sunday the clocks move forward by one hour.

Memorial event – a memorial event will be held in Paris to mark 80 years since the first deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps during World War II.

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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.