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

From school exams to the start of a new political term, foreign trips to high-profile court cases, here's what is happening in France this week.

On the agenda: What's happening in France this week
France's Eurovision entry Alvan & Ahez. Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP

Monday

Genocide trial – the trial begins in Paris of Laurent Bucyibaruta – who is accused of genocide, complicity in genocide and complicity in crimes against humanity, which occurred during the Rwanda genocide in 1994. Bucyibaruta is one of only a handful of Rwandans to go on trial in France over the genocide that saw an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus perish in 100 days of slaughter.

Schools return – school holidays end in Zone C (Paris and the south west), so all schools have now begun the new term, since Zones A and B Easter holidays have already ended.

Macron in Berlin – Emmanuel Macron is on the first foreign trip of his second term and he’s going to Berlin to talk Europe with German chancellor Olaf Scholz. Political insiders say a “big intervention” on the EU is expected from Macron. 

Journée de l’Europe – Monday is also Europe Day, where countries celebrate the EU.

Fillon appeal – ex Prime Minister and former presidential candidate Francois Fillon will learn on Monday whether his appeal against his conviction for abuse of public funds – by employing his wife Penelope in a ‘fake job’ – will be successful. The revelations of the misuse of more than €1 million in public finds torpedoed Fillon’s 2017 attempt to be elected president.

Tuesday

Professional elections at Uber – workers at ‘gig economy’ firms including Deliveroo and Uber will have their first ever ‘professional elections’ on Tuesday – these are where staff delegates are chosen, and have come about because of court rulings that workers at these firms are in fact employees with associated rights – including the right to staff delegates – rather than self-employed.

Wednesday

Baccalaureate exams – school pupils will begin the speciality tests for the general and technological baccalaureate between Wednesday and Friday. The tests had been postponed from March because of the pandemic. The main bac exams are later in the school year.

Thursday

Zemmour at appeal court – the appeal court is set to hand down a decision on former presidential candidate Eric Zemmour. The extreme right political was convicted of denying a crime against humanity by saying that gay people were not targeted during the Holocaust.

Saturday

Eurovision song contest – the contest takes place in Turin, Italy, with France given just a one percent chance of winning by bookies. In a break with tradition, France has elected to send a song sung in the Breton language this year.

READ ALSO 5 things to know about the Breton language

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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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