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French Public Holidays

Paul Baderman 
by our France expert Paul Baderman
 

Public Holidays in France

If you're planning a trip to France, it's worth considering the dates of the French public or bank holidays. France is a predominantly Catholic country and tends to take it's national public holidays more seriously than some European countries. For example, you will often find that shops are closed and that public transport offers a limited service. This is particularly true in many of the more rural areas.

Outside of the traditional public holidays, you will also often find that the availability of shops and services can be very limited on Sundays, again particularly in non-urban areas. Mondays are also different in many areas of France... many shops and restaurants are closed on a Monday or have restricted opening times.

French Public (Bank) Holidays

2012
 
1 January - New Year's Day - Jour de l'an

6 April - Good Friday

8 April - Easter Sunday - Pques

9 April - Easter Monday

1 May - Labour Day - Fte de premier mai

8 May - Fte de la Victoire - 1945 Victory Day

17 May - Ascension Day - l'Ascension

28 May - Whit Monday

14 July - Bastille Day - France's National holiday

15 August - Assumption Day - Assomption

1 November - All Saints' Day - La Toussaint

11 November - Remembrance Day - Armistice Day 1918

25 December - Christmas Day - Nol


2011
 
Saturday 1st January - New Year's Day - Jour de l'an
Friday 22nd April - Good Friday
Sunday 24th April - Easter Sunday - Pques
Monday 25th April - Easter Monday
Sunday 1st May - Labour Day - Fte de premier mai
Sunday 8th May - Fte de la Victoire - 1945 Victory Day
Thursday 2nd June - Ascension Day - l'Ascension
Monday 13th June - Whit Monday
Thursday 14th July - Bastille Day - France's National holiday
Monday 15th August - Assumption Day - Assomption
Tuesday 1st November - All Saints' Day - La Toussaint
Friday 11th November - Remembrance Day - Armistice Day 1918
Sunday 25th December - Christmas Day - Nol



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