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

A new government, the workers' festival and the end of the school holidays, this is what is happening in France this week.

On the agenda: What's happening in France this week?
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PM resigns – This week Prime Minister Jean Castex will tender his resignation and dissolve the government. This is to allow Emmanuel Macron to form a new government – and to bring in outside candidates – ahead of the parliamentary elections in June. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal confirmed only that it will happen some time this week, although it is expected to be Monday.

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School holidays – Schools in Zone B (northern France and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region) return to school after the Easter holiday. Schools in Zone A (central France) go back on May 2nd and Zone C (Paris and south west France) return on May 9th.

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Election result confirmed – the official confirmation of the election result does not take place until Wednesday, when Laurent Fabius, head of the Constitutional Council, will declare the results. The delay is to allow all votes to be verified, the council to read reports from its delegates at polling stations and for any disputes to be settled. In the first round of voting around 10,000 votes were disqualified because of irregularities.

There will be a lot of political action this week – more details HERE.


May Day – May 1st is the Fête du Travail, the workers’ holiday, and is usually a public holiday. This year it falls on a Sunday, so there is no day off work but other May Day traditions will be observed, including marches organised by unions and the giving of the lucky muguet flower.

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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.

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