French-Property.com

French News

French Life

Public Holidays in France 2017

Friday 06 January 2017

The 11 public holidays in France in 2017 to put in your diary, as well as school dates.

  • Sunday 1st January - New Year's Day (Jour de l'An)
  • Monday 17th April - Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)
  • Monday 1st May - Labour Day (Fête du Travail)
  • Monday 8th May - VE Day - (Fête de la Victoire 1945)
  • Thursday 25th May - Ascension Day (l'Ascension)
  • Monday 5th June - Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
  • Friday 14th July - Bastille Day (Fête Nationale)
  • Tuesday 15th August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (l'Assomption)
  • Wednesday 1st November - All Saints' Day (La Toussaint)
  • Saturday 11th November - Armistice Day (Armistice 1918)
  • Monday 25th December - Christmas Day (Noël)

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.

Sign up for the French-Property.com Newsletter

Delivered directly to your inbox every month

We care about the protection of your data. Read our Privacy Policy.

Popular Articles