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

From strikes to travel getaways, via a mournful appearance from the French football team and - of course - Christmas, here's what is happening in France this week.

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

Sadness – be gentle with your French friends, colleagues and neighbours today in case they’re still upset about that World Cup final. The French team will land at Charles de Gaulle airport at 6pm, but there is no official reception planned.

Rail strike – there may be limited disruption on the TGV Atlantique axis (in the south west) as some train drivers strike.

Covid advice – Covars (the advisory committee that took over from the Scientific Council) is due to present its report on the latest Covid situation, including recommendations on whether to make the mask compulsory again in certain settings.

Tuesday

Johnny Hallyday expo – if you’re a big fan of French rocker Johnny Hallyday, get yourself to Brussels where an ‘immersive’ exhibition opens today.

Wednesday

Winter solstice – the shortest day of the year, it will only get lighter from now.

Thursday

Fuel aid – From December 22nd, people who use wood-burning stoves to heat their homes will also be able to apply for financial aid, as the cost of pellets for wood-burners has soared in recent months.

Friday

UK strikes – if you’re travelling to the UK, be aware that airport and port border guards begin their strike on Friday, while rail workers will strike from Saturday.

READ ALSO Everything you need to know about travel between France and the UK this Christmas

Sunday

It’s Christmas! – December 25th is the only official public holiday over the Christmas period (unless you live in Alsace, in which case you also get December 26th off). This year, that falls on a Sunday so workers don’t get any extra time off (although some offices close for a few days over the holidays). Most shops and businesses will be closed on the 25th but boulangeries, patisseries and florists normally open in the morning, and some restaurants also open for a Christmas lunch.

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WHAT CHANGES IN FRANCE

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

From the end of Ramadan to income tax declarations and more pupils off for the spring school holidays, here's what is happening in France this week.

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

Monday

Dock and port workers strike – The union representing dock and port workers, Fédération nationale des ports, is calling for a ‘dead ports‘ operation on Monday, April 8th, in protest against the application of measures related to pension reform for port workers.

It is unclear whether this will affect ferries entering or exiting France, but it is most likely to impact freights and commerce.

Tuesday

Eid al-Fitr – For Muslims around the world, the conclusion to Ramadan is expected to fall either on the evening of April 9th or 10th this year.

FR-Alert test – France’s emergency text alert system, the FR-Alert, will be tested in Dordogne on Tuesday between 10am and 11am. 

READ MORE: FR-Alert: How France’s emergency text alert system works

Last day of Foire de Nantes – The Nantes fair started on April 5th and will end on the 9th. Boasting family-friendly activities like face-painting, food stands, art and more, you can buy tickets to enjoy the last day of the fair here.

Thursday

Income tax declarations – Starting on April 11th, you will be able to go online to the Impots.Gouv.Fr website to filling in your tax declaration. Depending on your location and situation, you have between 6-8 weeks to file the declaration.

READ MORE: The bumper 2024 French tax guide

Friday

Paris Metro closures – Metro line 11, between the stations of Belleville and Mairie des Lilas, will be closed for 16 consecutive days, running from Friday, April 12th to Saturday, April 27th for works. Be aware that there may be Metro closures in the months and weeks leading up to the 2024 Olympic Games, as the city prepares its public transportation network.

Saturday

Spring school holidays – With pupils in Zone C (Paris, Toulouse, Montpellier) already off for spring holidays, those in Zone A (Lyon and Bordeaux) will start their two week break on Saturday, April 13th.

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