Public Holidays in France

   2017 2018
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. 
 

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