1st March 2022
With spring in the air in France, time to check out the public holiday dates this year.
There are 11 public holidays in France. This year, 7 out of the 11 days occur on a weekday, when there is then the opportunity for the French to create a 'bridge' ('faire le pont' and enjoy an accustomed short holiday.
Three of the public holidays - Ascension Day, Bastille Day and All Saints' Day - all occur on a Tuesday or a Thursday, which normally means most French will take a four-day break.
Other shorter breaks will be possible for Easter Monday, Whit Monday and Assumption.
Both Labour Day and VE Day occur on a Sunday. Although it is not compulsory for employers to grant a day in lieu on such days, most do so.
With 4 public holidays in May, it is a month when it can sometimes seem as if the whole of the country has closed down.
The list of public holidays for this year is as follows.
In terms of school holidays, you can find the dates at French School Calendar 2022/23.
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