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.

Public Holidays 2017

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • 14th April - Good Friday (Alsace and Moselle only)
  • 17th April - Easter
  • Monday 1st May
  • Labour Day 8th May
  • Victory Day 25th May
  • Ascension Day 5th June
  • Whit Monday 14th July
  • National Day 15th August
  • Assumption Day 1st November
  • All Saints' Day 11th November
  • Armistice Day 25th December
  • Christmas Day 26th December - Saint Stephen's Day (Alsace and Moselle only)                      

Further Information:

The Ministère du Travail has information on the law as it affects employment and national public holidays.

Dates of French school holidays can be found from the Department of Education

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