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The promise of hotter days and loads of financial institution holidays in May are the proper excuse to get out and about in France. Here is France Today's round-up of occasions, new exhibitions and openings in May 2024

Achilles and the Trojan War exhibition, Nîmes – till January 5 2025

The legendary hero who distinguished himself by his valor through the Trojan War is the middle of a serious exhibition on the Musée de la Romanité.

Sarcophagus representing Achilles at Skyros © Musée du Louvre

Maîtres et Merveilles exhibition, Dijon – May 4 – September 23

The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon brings us 'Maîtres et Merveilles', a panorama of German portray by means of 250 works from the fifteenth to the early sixteenth century.

Vauvert Abrivado, Gard – May 9

Come to Vauvert within the Gard for a significantly aggressive Abrivado horse and bull weekend, adopted by a convivial peña, people music and parade. The Abrivado recreates the ancestral custom of transferring cattle from the pastures again to the arenas by main bulls by means of the streets of a village.

Journey to the middle of the earth, Gouffre de Padirac – May 10-11

To mark the one hundred and sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Jules Verne's well-known journey novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth, the spectacular subterranean chasm Le Gouffre de Padirac, within the Lot, is welcoming a theater group to take guests on a journey into the world of the e-book, with an all-new immersive play. Actors from Crumble Production will transport you again to the good age of exploration within the Belle Époque, taking you on a unprecedented journey between dream and actuality. “It resonates perfectly with the very essence of the site, which celebrates exploration, adventure and discovery in each of its offerings,” they are saying.

Sedan’s medieval pageant – May 11-12

Step again in time at this celebration of all issues medieval in Sedan's fortified fortress within the Ardennes. For this yr's theme – the Fire Festival – get pleasure from reside music and performances from touring firms of musicians, avenue theater, and fight demonstrations and ambles alongside the camps to observe reveals, workshops and re-enactments of each day life (cooking, smithy, glassmaking, making garments, and many others.) in addition to a medieval market with over 100 stalls.

Sedan's fortified fortress performs host to the yearly Medieval pageant © Thierry Michel

Strawberry pageant of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne – May 12

Enjoy a style of springtime on the Fête de la Fraise in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne in Corrèze with a splendid market, tastings, arts and crafts, music, video games and, after all, an enormous strawberry tart.

Strawberry tart © Le grand Cricri

Cannes Film Festival – May 14-25

The International Film Festival is again for our annual dose of expertise, glitz and superstar glamor on the Côte d'Azur. The jury of this upcoming 77th version is chaired by American filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig.

Cannes Red Steps © Christophe Bouillon

Museum Night, France-wide – May 18

Discover a special and enjoyable museum expertise as greater than 1,300 museums and monuments throughout France open without spending a dime through the European Night of Museums. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, it is a distinctive alternative to find the everlasting collections in addition to particular displays and one-off actions reminiscent of workshops, guided excursions, musical performances and extra.

Rodin Museum in Paris © Rodin Museum

Roland-Garros, Paris – May 20 – June 9

Experience the thrills and spills of Roland-Garros 2024 because the world's finest tennis gamers battle for glory on the prestigious Grand Slam match.

Roland Garros © Passion Leica / Flickr

Monaco Grand Prix – May 23-26

Witness the heartpounding motion of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix within the F1 iconic avenue circuit in Monte Carlo. An unforgettable weekend of velocity and glamour.

Monaco Grand Prix © United Autosports/Flickr

Lead picture credit score: Roland Garros © Passion Leica / Flickr

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What to Do in France in May