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French Public Holidays or Why is the bank shut again?
by Dave • Tue 07 Feb 2012 11:25

The bakers have run out of bread, the bank is closed and your neighbours aren't at work. Not another grève? Well maybe but it just could be another public holiday.

January
1 Jour du Nouvel An (New Years Day)

Easter
Lundi de Pâques (Easter Monday) - varies but is the day after Easter Sunday

May
1 Fête du Travail (Labour Day)
8 Fête de la Liberation (V-E Day)

May or June
Ascension (Ascension Day) - varies but 40 days after Easter Sunday
Lundi de Pentecôte (Whit Monday) - varies but 51 days after Easter Sunday

July
14 Fête Nationale (Bastille Day)

August
15 Fête de l'Assomption (Assumption)

November
1 Toussaint (All Saints Day)
11 Fête de l'Armistice (Armistice Day)

December
25 Noël (Christmas Day)

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Re: French Public Holidays or Why is the bank shut again?
by Dave • Wed 17 Dec 2014 16:11

Added Lundi de Pentecôte which was missing for a few years and now seems a regular public holiday again. I've omitted holidays that always fall on Sundays for clarity.

Also remember that in France if a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday it remains on that day and (unlike in the UK) does not move to the next Monday.

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Re: French Public Holidays or Why is the bank shut again?
by dikdok • Thu 30 Jul 2015 23:27

but dont forget le pont....

"Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the great ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all."
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