Public Holidays in France – 2017

Public Holidays in France – 2017

The main difference between British/American and French public holidays is that while most of the British/American holidays are pushed around each year to fall on a Friday or Monday, most French holidays are on fixed dates.

Public holidays are usually taken on the day on which they fall. However, if a public holiday is on a Sunday, the Monday afterwards will often be considered a work-free day, instead so it’s worth checking if you’re making a special trip.

When a holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday, a large percentage of the working French take the extra day off work to have a long weekend. This is referred to in French as faire le pont (literally ‘make the bridge’ from the week day to the weekend).

Be warned however – holidays in France are adhered to strictly, which means you may find it difficult to find a supermarket, pharmacy or baker open on such a day.

French public holidays:

Jan 1New Year’s Day (Jour de l’An)Sunday
Apr 17Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)Monday
May 1Labour Day (Fête du Travail)Monday
May 8VE Day (Fête de la Libération)Monday
May 25Ascension Day (Ascension)Thursday
June 5Pentecost (Pentecôte)Monday
Jul 14Bastille Day (Fête Nationale)Friday
Aug 15Assumption (Assomption)Tuesday
Nov 1All Saint’s Day (Toussaint)Wednesday
Nov 11Armistice Day (Fête de l’Armistice)Saturday
Dec 25Christmas Day (Noël)Monday

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