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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
 
Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day - Jour de l'an
Friday 6 April - Good Friday
Sunday 8 April - Easter Sunday - Pques
Monday 9 April - Easter Monday
Tuesday 1 May - Labour Day - Fte de premier mai
Tuesday 8 May - Fte de la Victoire - 1945 Victory Day
Thursday 17 May - Ascension Day - l'Ascension
Monday 28 May - Whit Monday
Saturday 14th July - Bastille Day - France's National holiday
Wednesday 15th August - Assumption Day - Assomption
Thursday 1st November - All Saints' Day - La Toussaint
Sunday 11th November - Remembrance Day - Armistice Day 1918
Tuesday 25th December - Christmas Day - Nol



burlats castle france
burlats castle france
2013
 
Tuesday 1st January - New Year's Day - Jour de l'an
Friday 29th March - Good Friday
Sunday 31st March - Easter Sunday - Pques
Monday 1st April - Easter Monday
Wednesday 1st May - Labour Day - Fte de premier mai
Wednesday 8th May - Fte de la Victoire - 1945 Victory Day
Thursday 9th May - Ascension Day - l'Ascension
Monday 20th May - Whit Monday
Sunday 14th July - Bastille Day - France's National holiday
Thursday 15th August - Assumption Day - Assomption
Friday 1st November - All Saints' Day - La Toussaint
Monday 11th November - Remembrance Day - Armistice Day 1918
Wednesday 25th December - Christmas Day - Nol



Nice old town
Nice old town



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