Tuesday 08 January 2019
The 11 public holidays in France for 2019 to put in your diary, as well as school dates.
POSTSCRIPT: You can find the 2020 public holidays in our updated article French Public Holidays 2020.
Those for 2021 can be found at French Public Holidays 2021
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 - 30th March and 26th Dec.
In terms of school holidays, you can find the dates at French School Calendar 2018/19.
In terms of public holidays in 2018, here are the dates
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