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

From a new government to World War II memorials, here's what is happening in France this week.

On the agenda: What's happening in France this week?
French President Emmanuel Macron lays flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Photo by CHRISTIAN HARTMANN / POOL / AFP

Monday 

Political change – Maybe a new government? Following Emmanuel Macron’s re-election, prime minister Jean Castex has announced that he will resign and dissolve the government to allow Macron to hold a reshuffle and appoint new ministers. It’s still not clear exactly when the new PM and new government will be announced, but Monday or Tuesday have been suggested as likely by political insiders.

School holidays – Schools in Zone A (central France) restart classes on Monday after the two-week Easter  break. Zone B schools have already returned, and Zone C (Paris and south west France) go back on Monday, May 9th.

Wednesday

Voter registration deadline – If you’re a French citizen but you didn’t manage to register on the electoral roll in time for the presidential elections you can still sign up to vote in the parliamentary elections. The deadline to register is Wednesday, May 4th if you register online or Friday, May 6th if you register in person at the mairie.

READ ALSO How to register and cast your vote in France

Sunday 

VE Day – May 8th marks VE Day, the day when World War II ended in Europe. It’s a public holiday in France, although this year it falls on a Sunday which means no extra day off work. The day is marked with memorials and military parades around France, while the president will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 

Macron’s inauguration? – Emmanuel Macron’s first term as president officially ends on May 13th. Since he won a second term in the recent presidential election, he can carry on governing, but he will have a second inauguration ceremony some time before May 13th. There is speculation that this will be on May 8th, to tie in with the VE Day ceremonies. This is however, unconfirmed. 

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WHAT CHANGES IN FRANCE

On the Agenda: What’s happening in France this week

From lots of political drama to music festivals and the summer sales, here's what is happening this week in France.

On the Agenda: What's happening in France this week

Monday

Political horse-trading – after Emmanuel Macron lost his majority in parliament in Sunday’s elections, he and his Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne will need to build an alliance with opposition MPs in order to pass legislation over the next five years. 

Speaking as the results came in on Sunday, Borne said: “We will work from tomorrow to build a working majority.”

Negotiations are likely to take some time.

READ ALSO What happens next after Macron loses majority in parliament?

Energy sector strike – the militant CGT union has called a strike of workers in the energy sector, in a dispute over pay.

Tuesday

Fête de la musique – Tuesday marks June 21st, the longest day, which in France is also the day of the Fête de la musique, where towns and cities all over the country stage concerts and music events.

READ ALSO 5 things to know about the Fête de la musique

Parliament ends – the current session in the Assemblée nationale ends, so this marks the last day in parliament for all the deputés (MPs) who failed in their re-election bids, or who decided not to stand again. The first session of the newly-elected parliament is the following Tuesday, June 28th. 

Funeral – the funeral will be held in Paris of Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, the French TV journalist who was killed while reporting in Ukraine.

Champs-Elysée film festival – running throughout the week, the Paris festival will screen a wide selection of French and American independent films in different movie theatres across the Avenue des Champs-Elysées.

Wednesday

Summer sales – in most of France (apart from Alpes-Maritime and Corsica) the summer sales begin. Sales in France are tightly regulated and the dates are set by the government. These sales run for four weeks with plenty of bargains to be had.

Thursday 

Brussels trip – Macron heads to Brussels for a meeting of the European Council.

Friday

Rugby final – France’s top-flight rugby league the Top 14 holds its grand final on Friday night, where Castres Olympique will take on Montpellier. The final is always held at the Stade de France, so if you’re in Paris you might suddenly notice a lot of southern French accents and rugby tops.

Saturday

Pride parades – as Pride month comes to a close several big cities hold their Pride parades, including Paris, Biarritz, Bourges and Montpellier.

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