Public Holidays in France
|New Year's Day||1 January||1 January|
|Easter Monday||17 April||2 April|
|Labour Day (Worker's Day)||1 May||1 May|
|WWII Victory Day||8 May||8 May|
|Ascension Day||25 May||10 May|
|Whit Monday||5 June||21 May|
|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.