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French Public Holidays 2013

Tuesday 08 January 2013

There are 12 public holidays in France, so here are the dates you need to note in your diary for 2013.

  • Tuesday 1st January - New Year's Day (Jour de l'An)
  • Monday 1st April - Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)
  • Wednesday 1st May - Labour Day (Fête du Travail)
  • Wednesday 8th May - VE Day - (Fête de la Victoire 1945)
  • Thursday 9th May - Ascension Day (Ascension)
  • Sunday 19th May - Whit Sunday (Pentecôte)
  • Monday 20th May - Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
  • Sunday 14th July - Bastille Day (Fête Nationale)
  • Thursday 15th August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption)
  • Friday 1st November - All Saints' Day (Toussaint)
  • Monday 11th November - Armistice Day (Armistice 1918)
  • Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day (Noël)

As will be seen, a number of the public holidays fall on a Sunday. By local agreement employees may given an extra day paid holiday in lieu, but this is not obligatory.

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