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

From fuel grants to cookery contests and, of course, the Thursday strike, here's what is happening in France this week.

On the Agenda: What's happening in France this week
The Bocuse d'Or chef competition will be held in Lyon. Photo by FERENC ISZA / AFP

Monday 

Fuel payout – 10 million residents of France will receive the means-tested €100 fuel payment today, intended to take the place of the discount applied at the petrol pumps, which ended on December 31st.

EU visit – Emmanuel Macron will host European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at the Elysée.

Domestic violence victims bill – French MPs will hold the first reading of a bill designed to give universal emergency aid to victims of domestic violence.

Tuesday

Macron attack – the trial begins in Paris of 13 members of a far-right group who are accused of plotting an attack on president Emmanuel Macron in 2018.

School strike – two teachers’ unions, the FSU and Snes, have called a one-day strike, which may result in some class closures.

Wednesday

Uber minimum wage – an agreement will be signed between unions representing drivers for ride-hailing apps such as Uber and the companies to provide a minimum wage for drivers. This comes after a summer of negotiations following a French court ruling that ‘gig economy’ workers were employees, not self-employed.

Thursday

Strikes – January 19th is the first planned strike day in what unions have promised will be the ‘mother of all battles’ against plans to reform the French pension system. In most sectors this is a one-day strike, but some unions have filed unlimited strike notices, meaning that their actions will continue.

January 19th strike – which services will be affected?

Saturday

Paris demo – in addition to the strike, there is also a demo in Paris in protest at the pension plans, organised by the hard-left party La France Insoumise.

Sunday

Franco-German summit – French and German ministers will meet in Paris for talks and to mark the signing of the Elysée Treaty of friendship between the two countries in 1963.

Bocuse d’or – the final day of the international cooking competition held in Lyon, France’s ‘gastronomic capital’. 

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WHAT CHANGES IN FRANCE

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

From the French pancake festival to school holidays and another mass strike, here's what is happening in France this week.

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

Monday 

Anti-discrimination plan – Prime minister Elisabeth Borne will present the government plan to combat racism, anti-semitism and discrimination based on origins.

Tuesday

Strikes and demos – January 31st is the second ‘mass strike’ day in the ongoing battle between unions and the government over pension reform. Expect severe disruption on public transport, school closures and possible power cuts. The day will also be marked by demos in towns and cities across France – the last one saw 1 million people take to the streets, and unions are hoping for a similar turnout.

Pension strikes: What to expect on January 31st

Some unions have announced their intention to continue with industrial action into February, so keep an eye on the latest updates HERE

Wednesday

Immigration bill – the immigration bill – which includes, among other things a requirement for foreigners to take a language test in order to obtain certain types of carte de séjour – is presented to the Council of Minister, before it comes before parliament.

Language tests and easier expulsion – what’s in France’s new immigration bill?

Electricity bills rise – from Wednesday, domestic electricity bills can rise by a maximum of 15 percent after the 2022 price shield expires.

READ ALSO What changes in France in February

Thursday 

Pancake day – the French festival of La Chandeleur is a celebration of the crêpe. It’s not a public holiday, just a chance to eat lots of yummy pancakes and indulge in some of the stranger pancake-based rituals (crêpe on the wardrobe, anyone?) which are said to bring good luck for the year ahead.

La chandeleur: The day France goes crazy for crêpes

Saturday

School holidays – schools in zone A begin the two-week February holiday on Saturday. The February holidays have different dates in different zones, with one B beginning holidays on February 11th and zone C on February 18th.

Reader question: Is there any logic to France’s school holiday zones?

Sunday

Rugby – France take on Italy in Rome in the opening weekend of the 6 Nations rugby tournament, with the French team hoping to repeat last year’s result, which saw them win the tournament.

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