Sports, medical reforms and new tax credits for 2018

Sporting events, the welfare service and the euro in your pocket are all facing changes this year, with plenty of big dates on the calendar. Here is our round-up of the key events as well as other modifications coming up, from new childhood vaccinations to the stricter contrôle technique.


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Changes are due in the Brevet des collèges exam, taken at the end of troisième, with continuous assessment and the final exam once again having equal weight (the former was worth more in 2017, meaning some children ‘passed’ before taking their exams).

The finals will include four written exams instead of two. As before, there is also an oral exam, which will now include history of art as an option.

A more selective university entrance system should be in place by the 2018 rentrée, aiming to end the ballot for places on oversubscribed courses. Universities will set preferred qualification requirements for courses.



Events and culture

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The biennial Europe-US golf competition The Ryder Cup will be held in France for the first time, at the Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris.

The event, from September 28-30, will only be the second time the competition has been held in continental Europe, after Spain in 1997. The Ryder Cup started in 1927, between Britain and the US, and was extended to other European countries in 1979.

A Junior Ryder Cup will be held alongside the main event, on the golf course at Disneyland Paris.


This year the Hermione replica 18th century frigate will take to sea again for an Atlantic and Mediter­ranean voyage. Crewed by Organis­ation Internationale de la Franco­phonie volunteers, it leaves Roche­fort on January 30 for La Rochelle, Tan­giers, Barcelona, Sète, Toulon, La Cio­tat, Marseille, Port-Vendres, Bastia, Portimao, Pasaia and Bordeaux.


November 11 sees the centenary of the end of the First World War. The day is already a French bank holiday and marked with ceremonies at war memorials, but there are expected to be special national commemorations. It falls on a Sunday in 2018, meaning that the French Armistice Day coincides with Remembrance Day in the UK this year.


Toulouse has been named Euro­pean City of Science for 2018 and it will therefore, for the first time, host Europe’s biggest interdisciplinary science and innovation event, Euro­Science Open Forum.

In parallel with this event, aimed at professionals, the Festival Science in the City will be held at venues around the town. Free from July 7-15, it will be aimed at everyone and all ages.



Gay Games open to all competitors

© Linda Baker

Paris will host the 10th Gay Games in various city venues from August 4-12 and, on going to press, events were still open for ...

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