Public holidays and national holidays in France, all dates when shops, restaurants and tourist attractions are closed.
Public holidays in France correspond to major Christian holidays and national holidays:
1 January: New Year’s Day
Easter and Easter Monday
1 May: Workers’ Day
8 May: end of the Second World War
Ascension Day: the 40th day after Easter
Whitsun and Whit Monday: seventh Sunday after Easter
14 July: French national holiday, corresponding to the storming of the Bastille
15 August: the Assumption
1 November: All Saints’ Day
11 November: commemoration of fallen soldiers in the First World War
25 December: Christmas
On these days, all shops and offices remain closed, but cinemas and most restaurants, boulangeries and shopping centres remain open. Museums and major tourist attractions, on the other hand, remain closed only on 1° January, 1° May and 25 December, remaining open on the remaining holidays.
Finally, we would like to remind you to be careful when travelling during the Frenchschool holidays, when families flock to seaside resorts, clogging up roads and motorways. These are usually:
20 December to 4 January
7 February to 5 March
Late June to early September
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