Agenda: What’s happening this week in France

School holidays, demos and an electricity warning, plus the little matter of a presidential election - here's what is happening this week in France.

Agenda: What's happening this week in France
Voters go to the polls this week in France. Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP


Electricity warning – Electricity providers have warned that the cold snap will result in a ‘tension’ around supply on Monday, with consumers asked to limit their electricity usage, especially in the morning.

Election campaigns – this week marks the final week before the first round of voting in the presidential election, so expect to see lots of campaign events from the 12 candidates for the presidency.


Paris-Lyon train launch – the launch of a new service between Paris and Lyon, run by Italian operator Tranitalia. This  marks the opening up of domestic rail services in France to competition, after previously being dominated by state rail operator SNCF.


Paris demo – unions for healthworkers are holding demonstrations in Paris on World Health Day, protesting over pay and working conditions of staff in the health sector in France.

Final meetings – many of the presidential candidates are holding their final big campaign rallies on Thursday – green candidate Yannick Jadot in Nantes, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in Perpignan, Communist Fabien Roussel in Lille, Trotskyist Philippe Poutou in Toulouse and Valérie Pécresse of the centre-right Les Républicains party in Lille.


Climate march – climate marches are planned in towns and cities across France under the name Look Up, a reference to the Netflix satire on climate change.

School holidays – schools in Zone B, which covers northern France and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, break up for the two-week Easter holiday.


Election first round – The first round of the presidential elections. Polling stations open at 8am and close at 7pm in most places, although in the larger cities they stay open until 8pm. Preliminary results are announced at 8pm, projecting the two candidates who have got the highest number of votes and will therefore go into the second round on April 24th.

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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.

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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.

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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.