French Public Holidays / National Holidays in 2014 & 2015

Please see the information below on French public and school holidays, as well as bank holidays in France for 2014 and 2015.

French Public Holidays / National Holidays in 2015

  • Thursday 01 January - New Year's Day (Jour de l'An).
  • Sunday 05 April - Easter (Pâques).
  • Monday 06 April - Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques).
  • Learn More About Easter in France
  • Friday 01 May - Labour Day (Fête du Travail)
  • Friday 08 May - VE Day - WWII Victory Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945).
  • Thursday 14 May - Ascension Day (Ascension catholique).
  • Sunday 24 May - Whit Sunday (Pentecôte).
  • Monday 25 May - Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte).
  • Learn More About Whit Monday in France
  • Tuesday 14 July - Bastille Day (Fête nationale).
  • Learn More About 14 July National Day in France
  • Saturday 15 August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption).
  • Sunday 01 November - All Saints' Day (Toussaint).
  • Learn More About All Saints in France
  • Wednesday 11 November - Armistice Day (Armistice 1918).
  • Friday 25 December - Christmas Day (Noël).



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French Public Holidays / National Holidays in 2016

  • Friday 01 January - New Year's Day (Jour de l'An).
  • Sunday 27 March - Easter (Pâques).
  • Monday 28 March - Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques).
  • Learn More About Easter in France
  • Sunday 01 May - Labour Day (Fête du Travail)
  • Thursday 05 May - Ascension Day (Ascension catholique).
  • Sunday 08 May - VE Day - WWII Victory Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945).
  • Sunday 15 May - Whit Sunday (Pentecôte).
  • Monday 16 May - Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte).
  • Learn More About Whit Monday in France
  • Thursday 14 July - Bastille Day (Fête nationale).
  • Learn More About 14 July National Day in France
  • Monday 15 August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption).
  • Tuesday 01 November - All Saints' Day (Toussaint).
  • Learn More About All Saints in France
  • Friday 11 November - Armistice Day (Armistice 1918).
  • Sunday 25 December - Christmas Day (Noël).



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To complement these bank holidays, school holidays happen five times a year in France: in February (Winter Holiday, traditionally known as "ski holidays"), April (Easter or Spring Holiday), July and August (Summer Holiday), November (All Saints Holiday) and December (Christmas Holiday).

The allocation of the school holidays is done according to three "holiday zones" (A, B and C, respecting the school authorities) in order to share and manage the flow of French holidaymakers.

These dates are given as guidance only. Please double-check them with the local institutions before making any travel plans.

French school holidays in Zone A

Zone A covers:

  • Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand)
  • Brittany (Rennes)
  • Languedoc-Roussillon (Montpellier)
  • Lorraine (Nancy / Metz)
  • Lower Normandy (Caen)
  • Midi-Pyrenees (Toulouse)
  • Pays de la Loire (Nantes)
  • Rhone-Alpes (Lyon / Grenoble)

2015 / 2016 Holidays

  • 09/12/15 to 04/01/16 - Christmas holiday
  • 13/02/16 to 29/02/16- Winter holiday
  • 16/04/16 to 02/05/16 - Spring holiday
  • 02/07/16 to 01/09/16 - Summer holiday
  • 19/10/16 to 03/11/16 - Toussaint holiday (All Saints) - Autumn holiday
  • 17/12/16 to 03/01/17 - Christmas holiday
  • 18/02/17 to 06/03/17 - Winter Holiday
  • 22/04/17 to 09/05/17 - Spring Holiday


French school holidays in Zone B

Zone B covers:

  • Alsace (Strasbourg)
  • Burgundy (Dijon)
  • Centre (Orléans / Tours)
  • Champagne-Ardenne (Reims)
  • Franche-Comté (Besançon)
  • Limousin (Limoges)
  • Nord-Pas-de-Calais (Lille)
  • Picardy (Amiens)
  • Poitou-Charentes (Poitiers)
  • Provence Cote d'Azur (Aix-Marseille / Nice)
  • Upper Normandy (Rouen)

2015 / 2016 Holidays

  • 19/12/15 to 04/01/16 - Christmas holiday
  • 06/02/16 to 22/02/16- Winter holiday
  • 09/04/16 to 25/04/16 - Spring holiday
  • 02/07/16 to 01/09/16 - Summer holiday
  • 19/10/16 to 03/11/16 - Toussaint holiday (All Saints) - Autumn holiday
  • 17/12/16 to 03/01/17 - Christmas holiday
  • 11/02/17 to 27/02/17 - Winter Holiday
  • 15/04/17 to 02/05/17 - Spring Holiday


French school holidays in Zone C

Zone C covers:

  • Aquitaine (Bordeaux)
  • Paris Ile-de-France (Créteil / Paris / Versailles)

2015 / 2016 Holidays

  • 19/12/15 to 04/01/16 - Christmas holiday
  • 20/02/16 to 07/03/16- Winter holiday
  • 23/04/16 to 09/05/16 - Spring holiday
  • 02/07/16 to 01/09/16 - Summer holiday
  • 19/10/16 to 03/11/16 - Toussaint holiday (All Saints) - Autumn holiday
  • 17/12/16 to 03/01/17 - Christmas holiday
  • 04/02/15 to 20/02/15 - Winter Holiday
  • 08/04/15 to 24/04/15 - Spring Holiday


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