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

Genevieve Mansfield
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On the Agenda: What's happening in France this week
A young French girl with the word 'non' painted on her forehead during a demonstration on May 1st in 2005 in Paris. (Photo by Damien MEYER / AFP)

From the end of the spring school holidays to May Day demonstrations and traditions plus a deadline for voting, here's what is happening in France this week.



School holidays end - Pupils in Zone A, which includes both Lyon and Bordeaux, will go back to school after their spring holidays on Monday. Zone C (Paris and the south-west) schools have already gone back but schools in Zone B (northern France) have another week off. Meanwhile schools in Corsica are just starting their two-week spring holiday.

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Heathrow strike - For those looking to visit the UK with flights going through London's Heathrow airport, beware that border force officers are expected to strike from Monday, April 29th to Thursday, May 2nd.


End of Passover - The Jewish festival of Passover which began on April 22nd will end after nightfall on April 30th.



May day - Also known as the fête du travail or labour day, May 1st is a paid holiday (jour férié) for workers in France. There are plenty of traditions surrounding it, including widespread protests and mobilisations for workers' rights and other social issues. In Paris, several unions including CGT have called for people to meet at Place de la République at 2pm for the march.

On May Day, you might also notice people giving each other muguet, or lily-of-the-valley in English.

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Elections deadline - If you are eligible to vote in the European elections, you should verify you are properly registered. May 1st is the deadline for online registrations, while May 3rd is the deadline for those sent by the post. The elections themselves will take place in June.


Movie screening - For those in the Paris area, Lost in Frenchlation will screen French films with English subtitles throughout the month of May. The first screening will be on Friday, May 3rd for the film 'Pas de vagues'.

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Olympic anniversary - Saturday, May 4th marks 100 years since the last time Paris hosted the Olympic Games, in 1924.


Orthodox Easter - Christians who follow the eastern Orthodox calendar will celebrate Easter on Sunday, May 5th this year.



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