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Public Holidays in France

Fixed Public Holidays in France

1 January   New Year's Day
1 May   Labour Day
8 May   Fête de la Victoire 1945 (WWII Victory Day)
14 July   Bastille Day (Fête nationale)
15 August   Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption)
1 November   All Saints Day (La Toussaint)
11 November   Armistice Day (Jour d'armistice)
25 December   Christmas Day (Noël)
26 December   2nd Day of Christmas (in Alsace & Lorraine-only)


Note that holidays falling at the weekend are not moved

Moveable Public Holidays in France

Feast      2016   2017
Easter (Pâques) 27 Mar   16 Apr
Easter Monday 28 Mar   17 Apr
Ascension (l'Ascencion) 5 May   25 May
Whit Sunday (la Pentecôte) 15 May   4 Jun
Whit Monday 16 May   5 Jun


Note that when a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, many French people may take the respective Monday or Friday off as well. This is not official and does not apply to institutions such as banks or government, but can cause difficulties doing business on occasions.