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This calendar is based on the official version, but it is always a good idea to check local timetables.

There are three zones that determine the school year. While everybody starts on the same day, dates for school holidays vary according to the zone you live in, listed beneath for each of the regional education authorities (académies). For Corsica and overseas departments, the dates are different again – see the calendrier on the Ministry of Education website.

 

School zones

French school zones
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Zone A : Académies de Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon, Poitiers

Zone B : Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Caen, Lille, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Reims, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg

Zone C : Créteil, Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse, Versailles

FRENCH SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019-2020

ZONE A

Return to school: September 2, 2019

All Saints: October 19 to November 4, 2019
Christmas: December 21, 2019 to January 6, 2020

Winter: February 22, 2020 to March 9, 2020
Spring: April 18, 2020 to May 4, 2020

Summer: July 4, 2020

ZONE B

Return to school: September 2, 2019

All Saints: October 19 to November 4, 2019
Christmas: December 21, 2019 to January 6, 2020

Winter: February 15, 2020 to March 2, 2020
Spring: April 11, 2020 to April 27, 2020

Summer: July 4, 2020

ZONE C

Return to school: September 2, 2019

All Saints: October 19 to November 4, 2019
Christmas: December 21, 2019 to January 6, 2020

Winter: February 8, 2020 to February 24, 2020
Spring: April 4, 2020 to April 20, 2020

Summer: July 4, 2020

FRENCH SCHOOL CALENDAR 2020-2021

ZONE A

Return to school: September 1, 2020

All Saints: October 17 to November 2, 2020
Christmas: December 19, 2020 to January 4, 2021

Winter: February 6, 2021 to February  22, 2021
Spring: April 10, 2021 to April 26, 2021

Summer: July 6, 2021

ZONE B

Return to school: September 1, 2020

All Saints: October 17 to November 2, 2020
Christmas: December 19, 2020 to January 4, 2021

Winter: February 20, 2021 to March 8, 2021
Spring: April 24, 2021 to May 10, 2021

Summer: July 6, 2021

ZONE C

Return to school: September 1, 2020

All Saints: October 17 to November 2, 2020
Christmas: December 19, 2020 to January 4, 2021

Winter: February 13, 2021 to March 1, 2021
Spring: April 17, 2021 to May 3, 2021

Summer: July 6, 2021

 

Different dates may apply to Corsica and overseas departments.

NB: Holidays start after classes on the date indicated and begin again in the morning on the other date indicated. When holidays begin on a Saturday, for those pupils who have no class that day, the holiday period begins on the previous Friday, after classes end.

Check with your mairie for any variation of the local holidays. Although these are the official dates published on the Government website it’s a good idea to double-check with your mairie or school.

 

 

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