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

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On the Agenda: What’s happening in France this week
The winners of the 24 hours of Le Mans endurance race on June 11, 2023. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP)

From a surprise election campaign to strikes from French air traffic controllers, via the start of Euro 2024 and Father's Day, here's what is happening in France this week.



Parliament dissolved - following Emmanuel Macron's surprise announcement of fresh legislative elections on Sunday night, the French parliament is now dissolved and parties prepare their campaigns for the elections, which will be held on June 30th and July 7th.

READ ALSO What happens now with France's snap elections?


Air traffic control strike cancelled - The air traffic controllers' union at Paris' Orly airport previously filed a strike notice covering June 11th, 12th and 13th. However, on Monday, unions cancelled the strike.

Short-stay Schengen visas - The fee for getting a Schengen visa will rise by 12 percent on June 11th. The hike means the basic fee for a Schengen visa will rise from €80 to €90 for adults and from €40 to €45 for children. The reason for the price hike has been blamed on inflation in member states.


Paris cheese museum - The Musée Vivant du Fromage will open its doors on June 13th, promising a unique immersive and interactive journey into France’s ‘culinary and terroir heritage’.


READ MORE: Three things to know about the new Paris cheese museum


Deadline for candidates - candidates have until the end of Friday to formalise their candidate in the parliamentary elections. The completed paperwork must be filed at the préfecture of the constituency that they are standing in.

World Blood Donor Day - June 14th marks the international day that countries around the world recognise blood donors and the importance of blood donation.

READ MORE: How to donate blood in France

Start of the Euros - Germany will play against Scotland at 9pm as the opening match of the 2024 Euros.

READ ALSO How to watch the Euro 2024 tournament in France


24 Hours of Le Mans - The endurance-focused sports car race will be held on June 15th to 16th this year near the pretty medieval town of Le Mans.

Changes to psychological support - Starting on June 15th, some aspects of France's psychological support system, Mon Soutien Psy, will change. Sessions will remain reimbursed at a rate of 60 percent, but they will be allowed to increase in cost from €30 to €50. There will be a possibility to directly consult a psychologist without going through a doctor first. The number of sessions covered by the scheme will also increase from 8 to 12.


Father's Day - The French Father's Day will take place on Sunday, June 16th this year.

End of the D-Day festival - The 'D-Day Festival Normandy' involves several different remembrance events, and it will conclude on June 16th (having begun on June 1st). You can download the full itinerary HERE. English translations can be found under the original French. 



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