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

From court rulings to Olympic tickets, strikes to a state visit - here's what is happening in France this week.

On the agenda: What's happening in France this week
The Louvre-Lens museum in Lens in northern France is 10 years old. Photo by Sameer Al-DOUMY / AFP


Island hopping – Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin will visit the tiny Pacific island of Nouvelle Calédonie for discussions on the island’s future status. The island has held three referendums in recent years, narrowly voting to remain a part of France’s overseas territories. 


Demo – Industrial action and demonstrations among staff at psychiatric hospitals, protesting under-funding and the “alarming situation of public mental health care”.

Court ruling – a tribunal in Bayonne will rule on the case of a restaurant owner who refused entry to a woman wearing the Muslim headscarf.


Stateside – President Emmanuel Macron will visit the USA for what will be the first official state visit of the Biden administration.

Football – the French team take on Tunisia in the final game of the pool stages of the men’s World Cup in Qatar – France has already qualified for the next stage of the tournament.


Olympic tickets – registration opens for the draw to get tickets for the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics. Those interested have until January 31st to register to have their named added to the draw for tickets.

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Strike – the union representing medical biologists have called for strike action, which may affect the results time of tests such as blood tests.

Lights out – the rule forbidding light-up advertising boards overnight in Paris comes into effect. A national law came into force at the start of November banning illuminated advertising between the hours of 1am and 6am, with the exception of public transport. However the city of Paris has gone further and banned it between 11.45pm and 6am, with no transport exception. 


Nice – the Christmas market opens in Nice, and runs until January 2rd. The north-east tends to be the ‘Christmas capital’ of France, with the biggest and most elaborate markets which are mostly now open and run until early January, but across France most towns will have some kind of festive market or event.

READ ALSO 14 of the best Christmas markets in France

Election – first round of elections for the centre-right party Les Républicains as they choose a new party leader. 


Museum fête – the Louvre-Lens museum celebrates 10 years since it opened – the satellite of the Louvre museum in the north-east town of Lens currently has a special exhibition on the history of Egyptology and hieroglyphics. 

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

From demos by fed-up boulangerie owners to oil refinery blockades, via a comic-book festival and film awards, here's what is happening in France this week.

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


Pension reform bill (and strikes) – Monday marks the first step in the legislative process of Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform bill, as it comes before the Council of Ministers. This is largely a formality before debates begin in the Assemblée nationale and then the Senate, but some unions have issued a call for  “extra actions and initiatives, including strikes around January 23rd”. These are unlikely to be widespread or particularly disruptive, however.

Calendar: Key dates in the French pension strikes

Bakers’ demoboulangers will hold a demonstration in Paris against the spiralling energy costs which they say risk putting them out of business. Bakers from all over the country are expected to attend the protest, which begins at 2pm.


Darmanin rape case – the Court of Appeal in Paris will deliver its verdict into allegations of rape made against the Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin. Police have already said they will not be charging him after they were ordered to re-examine the allegations, which date to before Darmanin became a minister.


César nominations – nominations will be announced for the César cinema awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. This year, organisers have said that anyone who is accused of sexual violence will be barred from attending the awards ceremony in February.


Refinery blockades – oil refinery workers belonging to the militant CGT union have declared a two-day strike on Thursday and Friday, with the likelihood that refineries will also be blockaded. This can lead to shortages at service stations around the country, as deliveries cannot get out.

Angouleme comic book festival – the annual Festival de la Bande Dessiné begins in Angouleme, France’s largest festival of graphic novels, which are extremely popular with readers throughout the country.


Benalla appeal – appeal hearing in the case of Alexandre Benalla, Emmanuel Macron’s former bodtguard who was caught on camera beating protesters during the 2018 May Day protests. The ‘Affaire Benalla’ became the first major scandal of the Macron presidency.


Paris demo – a demo is planned in Paris to show support for people detained in Iran for protesting against the regime.