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. 
 

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