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Holidays in France

Holidays in France:

Date English Name Local Name Remarks
January 1 New Year's Day Jour de l'An  
January 6 Epiphany Fête des Rois (not a public holiday)
February 2 Candlemas La Chandeleur (not a public holiday)
moveable Easter Pâques Sunday, date varies
moveable Easter Monday Lundi de Pâques Monday after Easter
May 1 Labour Day Fête du Travail  
May 8 V-E Day Victoire 1945 End of WWII
moveable Ascension Day Ascension Thursday, 40 days after Easter
moveable Pentecost Pentecôte Seventh Sunday after Easter
July 14 Bastille Day Fête Nationale National Day
August 15 Assumption Assomption  
November 1 All Saints Day Toussaint  
November 11 Veterans Day
Armistice Day
Remembrance Day
Armistice 1918 End of WWI
December 25 Christmas Day Noël  

Note: Only labour day (May 1st) is a public holiday by statute. The rest of the holidays are granted by convention collective (agreement between employers' and employees' unions) or by agreement of the employer.

The Raffarin administration is considering the suppression of Pentecost as a public holiday. The precise legal mechanism of this action is still unknown.

Last updated: 02-09-2005 17:12:05
Last updated: 05-03-2005 17:50:55