In the news this week…

Borne receives party representatives

In the news this week…

Borne receives party representatives. The Prime Minister will meet representatives of political groups and parties at the start of the week. It begins Monday morning with members of the groups belonging to the presidential majority. In the morning, the Prime Minister will also present her ecological planning roadmap to all political parties. Tuesday, she will receive the communist deputies André Chassaigne and Fabien Roussel.

Concert in tribute to Barbara. Carla Bruni, JoeyStarr, La Grande Sophie and Fishbach cover Barbara's repertoire during a concert this Monday at the Grand Rex in Paris. The show will be accompanied by INA archive images. Also appearing will be Raphaël, Agnès Jaoui, Barbara Pravi, Tim Dup, André Manoukian, Bertrand Burgalat, Raphaële Lannadère (known as “L”), Cyril Mokaiesh, Birds on a Wire, Barbara Carlotti and UssaR. A show called Du bout deslips, in reference to a song by Barbara.

Fillon affair. The Constitutional Council examines on Tuesday September 19 a priority question of constitutionality (QPC) raised by the defense of the former Prime Minister of Nicolas Sarkozy in the affair of the jobs deemed fictitious by his wife Penelope. François Fillon was sentenced on appeal on May 10, 2022 to four years of imprisonment, including one year, a fine of 375,000 euros and ten years of ineligibility. Penelope Fillon was sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of 375,000 euros, her former deputy Marc Joulaud to three years in prison. According to the couple's lawyer, François-Henri Briard, this QPC "could change the course of the case".

Éric Zemmour on trial. The president of Reconquest! is on trial Tuesday at the Paris judicial court for “public insult.” He is accused of having described journalist Taha Bouhafs as an “indigenist” and “Islamist” activist on CNews in November 2020.

Abaya. The Council of State will examine on Tuesday a referral filed by the associations La Voix lycéenne and Le Poing leva against the ban on the abaya. A week before the start of the school year, the Minister of National Education, Gabriel Attal, announced the ban on this long outfit considered to have religious connotations.

Visit of Charles III. The British king will arrive in France on Wednesday for a state visit that runs until September 22. On the program for his first day of visit, a flame rekindling ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe, followed by a bilateral meeting with President Macron and finally a state dinner at the Palace of Versailles.

Movie theater. Fabrice Luchini’s film La Petite is released on Wednesday September 20 in French cinemas. The 71-year-old actor and director is making a feature film on the theme of surrogacy: he plays a man who loses his son in an accident while he was expecting a child via a surrogate mother abroad.

Ukraine. The UN Security Council will hold a high-level meeting on the situation in Ukraine on Wednesday. One year and seven months after the start of the Russian invasion, part of the country is still occupied, even if the Ukrainian counter-offensive launched this summer manages to retake certain localities.

Parisian metro. From Thursday, September 21, the cardboard ticket will no longer be available: it will no longer be possible to purchase these single tickets at ticket machines or at RATP counters. For several months, users have been encouraged to use rechargeable magnetic cards.

Rugby World Cup. The French XV will play their third World Cup match on Thursday against Namibia. After two victories against New Zealand and then Uruguay, the Blues can approach this match with a certain serenity, even if they suffered some criticism after a disappointing second match. Kick-off at 9 p.m. in Marseille.

Zelensky in Washington. President Joe Biden will receive his Ukrainian counterpart at the White House on Thursday, September 21. The two men will discuss further US support for the war effort against Russia as the US Congress debates a new $24 billion package of military aid for Kiev.

Pope Francis in Marseille. The pontiff will land in Marseille on Friday September 22 for a highly anticipated visit by the Catholic faithful. The visit will continue on Saturday, September 23, when Francis will meet with President Macron, who is also traveling to Marseille for the occasion. A high mass will be given at the Vélodrome stadium, always in the presence of the Head of State.

Demonstration against police violence. At the call of NGOs, unions and political parties, a “unitary march” against police violence will take place on Saturday September 23 in Paris, from 2 p.m. A similar march will begin in the morning in Strasbourg, at the call of the CGT, against systemic racism and police violence.