Public and School Holidays
There are 11 in France. These are the 1st January, the 1st and 8th May, Easter Monday, Ascension day, Whit Monday, the 14th July, the 15th August, the 1st and 11th November and the 25th December. On these days Government Departments, banks, shops … are, in the main, closed. Most stores and businesses close on public holidays, but a majority of museums monuments, and restaurants remain open, or only close on certain holidays. Ask your hotel concierge or local tourist office for information and recommendations.
French schoolchildren and teachers have five holidays a year!
One week at the end of October, two weeks at Christmas, two more in February, two in spring, and the whole of the summer in July and August.
Please be aware that tourist sites as well as the roads are busier during these periods.
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Term starts for teaching staff
Tuesday 1st September 2009
Term starts for pupils
Wednesday 2nd September 2009
Saturday 24th October 2009Thursday 5th November 2009
Saturday 19th December 2009Monday 4th January 2010
Saturday 13th February 2010Monday 1er March 2010
Saturday 6st February 2010Monday 22ed February 2010
Saturday 20th February 2010Monday 8th March 2010
Saturday 10th April 2010Monday 26th April 2010
Saturday 3rd April 2010Monday 19th April 2010
Saturday 17th April 2010Monday 3rd Mai 2010
Start of the Summer Holidays (*)
Friday 2nd July 2010
(*) Teaching staff assigned to duties connected with examinations are on duty until the date fixed for the end of these examinations by the memorandum which sets the schedule of the session.
The start of the holidays takes place after the final class, and the term starts on the morning, of the dates shown.