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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


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.


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.

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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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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.