Agenda: What’s happening in France this week

From crunch debates in parliament to the finish of the Tour de France, here's what is happening in France this week.

Agenda: What's happening in France this week
The traditional Tour de France finish on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP


Weather warnings – 15 départements in western France are on red alert on Monday for extremely high temperatures.

Cost of living bill – from Monday, debate begins in parliament on the package of measures put forward by the government to ease the cost of living crisis, from extending fuel rebates and energy price freezes to sending ‘food cheques’ to people on low incomes. Having lost its overall majority in the recent elections, this is expected to be the first big test of whether Macron’s government can make alliances to get legislation through parliament.

Energy sobriety – discussions will also begin between ministers and businesses and unions for France’s plan for sobriété énergétique – or the plan to cut energy usage by 10 percent to allow the country to get through the winter without Russian gas. 


Sales end – The summer sales end across most of France on July 19th, with the exception of Alpes-Maritimes, when they run from July 6th to August 2nd, or the island of Corsica (July 13th to August 9th). France’s overseas territories also have different sales dates.

Heatwave peak – after several days of brutally hot weather, Météo France predict that the country will begin to cool down from Tuesday.

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Cinema in the park – if you’re in Paris, check out the open-air cinema at La Villette in the north of the city. Temporary screens are set up in the park showing a mixture of French and foreign films, this year the theme is ‘dance’ and English-language films include Flashdance, Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction. The cinema runs from Wednesday, July 20th until August 21st. Tickets are free but advance booking is wise as some sessions sell out. 


Tour de France ends – the Tour de France cycle race has its final stage on Sunday, the traditional ride into Paris and up the Champs-Elysées to the finish.

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

From presidential business to strike action and a musical street party, here's what is happening in France this week.

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


Macron in London – Emmanuel Macron travels to London to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Mairies across France have been advised to fly their flags at half mast or keep them rolled up on Monday.


Income tax payment – It’s deadline day for income tax and social security contributions for anyone whose tax payments are not deducted automatically and those who do not pay online. For France’s wealthiest tax payers, Tuesday is also the first deadline for the IFI property wealth tax for those who prefer to pay online. Direct debit payments will be taken from accounts on September 26th. The next IFI wealth tax deadline is November 15th.

UN General Assembly – President Macron is due to make a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

Public Transport – a second Metro line in Rennes opens on Tuesday – and travel will be free for the first eight days. When Line B opens, some three-quarters of the city’s population will live within 600m of a Metro station.


World Peace Day – Since 1981, September 21 has marked the United Nations’ annual World Peace Day promoting the ideals of peace, by observing 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire in conflict zones. In France, events take place on the day in more than 50 cities, while marches are also planned for the weekend.


Ecowatt app launch – due for its launch on Thursday is the Ecowatt app, which is intended to help consumers monitor France’s electricity consumption over the winter. The app will list three levels of consumption – green (everything is fine), orange (electricity usage is high, action from individuals to cut their power usage are welcomed) and red (usage is very high, risk of power cuts if consumption is not lowered). The app will also send text alerts at periods of high usage.

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Health and social work strike – The CGT union has called on members in health and social care areas to strike on Thursday in protest over staffing levels, which may affect some services. It is the first of two strike days called by the union – the second, focusing on wages, will be on September 29th.


Marseille International Fair – Nearly 1,000 exhibitors gather at Parc Chanot, ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the annual international trade fair, which showcases the best and most innovative businesses France’s second city has to offer. Stands feature leisure, food and drink, automotive, and health and well-being firms based in and around Marseille. The event opens on Friday and runs until October 3rd.


Techno Parade Paris – This annual one-day celebration of music of the electronic kind in the capital attracts hundreds of thousands of fans, parade through the streets, in the company of a dozen or so floats.


Paris-Versailles road race – this 16km run takes in two great French landmarks, starting at the Eiffel Tower and finishing opposite the Palace of Versailles. It usually attracts around 25,000 runners.

Hunting season – The hunt season has already opened in most départements of France, but it gets under way on Sunday September 25th in the Cher, l’Eure-et-Loir, l’Indre, Loir-et-Cher, Manche, Orne, and Sarthe