1 January New Year’s Day (Monday)
8 April Easter (Sunday)
9 April Easter (Monday)
1 May Labour Day (Tuesday)
8 May Fête de la Victoire 1945 – WWII Victory Day (Tuesday)
17 May Ascension Day (Thursday)
28 May Whitmonday
14 July Bastille Day – France’s National holiday (Saturday)
15 August Day of Assumption (Wednesday)
1 November All Saints’ Day (Thursday)
11 November Armistice Day 1918 (Sunday)
25 December Christmas Day (Tuesday)
If you’re planning a trip to France make sure that you check dates for public and bank holidays. In France the jour férié is always taken on the day that it falls on.
Supermarkets are often open on bank holidays but almost everything else is closed. If the holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday many people will take the Monday or Friday off to make a long weekend.
If you’re planning to look at property it’s a good idea to make sure that your househunting trip to France doesn’t coincide with a French bank holiday. Often owners are not available for appointments on public holidays. Something to remember when you’re looking for property in France.