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Public Holidays in France 2020

The 11 public holidays in France for 2020 to put in your diary, as well as school dates.

  • Wednesday 1st January - New Year's Day (Jour de l'An)
  • Monday 13th April - Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)
  • Friday 1st May - Labour Day (Fête du Travail)
  • Friday 8th May - VE Day - (Fête de la Victoire 1945)
  • Thursday 21st May - Ascension Day (l'Ascension)
  • Monday 1st June - Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
  • Tuesday 14th July - Bastille Day (Fête Nationale)
  • Saturday 15th August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (l'Assomption)
  • Sunday 1st November - All Saints' Day (La Toussaint)
  • Wednesday 11th November - Armistice Day (Armistice 1918)
  • Friday 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 - 10th April and 26th Dec.

In terms of school holidays, you can find the dates at French School Calendar 2019/20.

The public holidays in 2019 were:

  • Tuesday 1st January - New Year's Day (Jour de l'An)
  • Monday 22nd 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 30th May - Ascension Day (l'Ascension)
  • Monday 10th June - Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)
  • Sunday 14th July - Bastille Day (Fête Nationale)
  • Thursday 15th August - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (l'Assomption)
  • Friday 1st November - All Saints' Day (La Toussaint)
  • Monday 11th November - Armistice Day (Armistice 1918)
  • Wednesday 25th December - Christmas Day (Noël)

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This article was featured in our Newsletter dated 10/01/2020




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