Covid rules – The government begins debates on a new health emergency bill, which looks at measures such as health and vaccine passes. These kinds of restrictions cannot be extended without a debate in parliament, but despite the worsening Covid situation, the government says it does not intend to re-impose the health pass at present.
Masks at present are not compulsory on public transport, but are ‘strongly recommended’ – a local mask decree in Nice, due to enter into effect on Monday, was struck down by the administrative court.
Parliamentary vote – Also in parliament, MPs will vote on the motion of no-confidence brought by the left-wing Nupes alliance against the government. When presenting the new programme to parliament last week, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne opted not to call a motion of confidence in her government. Instead, opposition MPs have deposed their own vote of no-confidence in Borne, who heads a government without an outright majority in parliament.
Macron conference – President Emmanuel Macron will be attending the Choose France summit at Versailles, the annual business conference aimed at bringing more foreign investment into France and encouraging businesses to open up a French branch.
No airport strike – a planned strike at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports has been called off after workers voted on Friday to accept a pay deal. Flights should therefore be arriving and departing as normal.
Traffic warning – Many French families will be taking advantage of the holiday weekend to get away, so traffic will be heavier than usual on Wednesday evening, especially leaving cities.
La Rochelle festival – start of the Francopholies music festival in La Rochelle, in which the historic port area plays venue to a series of open-air concerts.
Fête nationale – Thursday is a public holiday for July 14th – aka Bastille Day. Expect many businesses to be closed while most towns will have fireworks displays. In Paris there will be the usual military parade along the Champs-Elysée.
Finistère festival – Chart-topper Stromae is the headline act at the Carhaix-Plouguer festival in Finistère, Brittany.
Airline strike – Easyjet flight attendants in France have called a strike from Friday, July 15th to Sunday, July 17th. Anyone with a flight booked with Easyjet should check in advance with the airline.
‘Pont’ day – Friday provides one of the few opportunities in 2022 to faire le pont (do the bridge) so many French workers will decide to take Friday as a day of annual leave and create a four-day holiday weekend. Don’t be surprised if independent businesses or offices are closed for the day.
Rent controls – new levels on rent controls will enter into effect in Bordeaux.
Vel d’Hiv anniversary – the 80th anniversary of the round-up of Jews in Paris during World War II. They were held at the Vélodrome d’Hiver cycling stadium before being deported to concentration camps where many died.