Friday 06 January 2017
The 11 public holidays in France in 2017 to put in your diary, as well as school dates.
Where a public holiday falls over a weekend, by local agreement employees may be given an extra day paid holiday in lieu, but this is not obligatory.
Only May Day is classed as a statutory (paid) public holiday in France.
When a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday many people make a 'bridge' holiday (faire le pont), creating a long weekend.
Alsace and Lorraine have two extra public holidays - 14th April and 26th Dec.
In terms of school holidays, you can find the dates at French School Calendar 2017/18.