Public Holidays in France

  

2018

2019

New Year's Day

1 January

1 January

Easter Monday

2 April

22 April

Labour Day (Worker's Day)

1 May

1 May

WWII Victory Day

8 May

8 May

Ascension Day

10 May

30 May

Whit Monday

21 May

10 June

Bastille Day

14 July

14 July

Assumption of the Virgin Mary

15 August

15 August

All Saints' Day

1 November

1 November

Armistice Day

11 November

11 November

Christmas Day

25 December

25 December

As many expats may already know, the French adore their holiday time, and it should come as little surprise then that when the opportunity strikes for a long weekend, many indulge. Meaning that, when a public holiday in France occurs on a Tuesday or Thursday, employees and employers will often faire le pont (bridge the gap), and take/give the day off in-between (the Monday or the Friday, respectively). 

Additionally, expats living in France should note that when public holidays fall on a Sunday, time-off is then given on the following Monday. Easter Sunday and Whit Sunday are the exceptions to this rule.