2011 Jours fériés – French Bank or Public holidays*
|New Year’s Day||Saturday||1 January|
|Easter Sunday||Sunday||24 April|
|Easter Monday||Monday||25 April|
|Labour Day||Sunday||1 May|
|WW 11 Victory Day||Sunday||8 May|
|Ascention Day||Thursday||2 June|
|Pentacost – Whit Sunday||Sunday||12 June|
|Whit Monday||Monday||13 June|
|Bastille Day||Thursday||14 July|
|Assumption Day||Monday||15 August|
|All Saints’ Day||Tuesday||1 November|
|Armistice Day||Friday||11 November|
|Christmas Day||Sunday||25 December|
*If you’re planning a trip to France it’s a good idea to check to see what days are bank or public holidays.
Small supermarkets and bakeries will usually be open for a few hours and restaurants will usually be open. Real estate agencies will be closed for the most part, so will banks and offices and most shops.
If a holiday – other than Easter Sunday and Whit Sunday – falls on a Sunday it is celebrated on the following Monday.
When a holiday falls on a Thursday (or Friday) many people people take the extra time off to have a long weekend – faire le pont. It’s especially true of small businesses, even some real estate office.