French Public Holidays
A calendar of the national vacation days when businesses, schools and banks may close and most people get the day off in France...
The French for: bank holiday/public holiday/legal holiday is un jour férié.
- French organisations and businesses close on public holidays.
- Although some shopping centres and grocers open for part of the day, the majority of shops do not.
- Police stations and hospitals do not close.
- When a public holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday, it is common practice to "make the bridge" (faire le pont) by taking off the Friday or Monday so creating a very long weekend. When this happens you may find businesses running on short staff or smaller family run business closed for the full period.
The Ministère du Travail has information on the law as it affects employment and national public holidays: Click here (in French)
For the dates of French school holidays from the Department of Education: Click here
National and Regional Holidays
|25 December 2013 (Wed)||Christmas Day||National|
|1 January 2014 (Wed)||New Year's Day||National|
|21 April 2014 (Mon)||Easter Monday||National|
|1 May 2014 (Thu)||Labor Day/May Day||National|
|8 May 2014 (Thu)||Victory Day 1945||National|
|29 May 2014 (Thu)||Ascension||National|
|9 June 2014 (Mon)||Whit Monday||National|
|14 July 2014 (Mon)||Bastille Day||National|
|15 August 2014 (Fri)||Assumption||National|
|1 November 2014 (Sat)||All Saints' Day||National|
|11 November 2014 (Tue)||Liberation Day 1918||National|
|25 December 2014 (Thu)||Christmas Day||National|
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