Public and School Holidays

Public and School Holidays

Public 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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Zone A

Zone B

Zone C

Term starts for teaching staff

Tuesday 1st September 2009

Term starts for pupils

Wednesday 2nd September 2009

Autumn Break

Saturday 24th October 2009
Thursday 5th November 2009


Saturday 19th December 2009
Monday 4th January 2010

Winter Break

Saturday 13th February 2010
Monday 1er March 2010

Saturday 6st February 2010
Monday 22ed February 2010

Saturday 20th February 2010
Monday 8th March 2010

Spring Break

Saturday 10th April 2010
Monday 26th April 2010

Saturday 3rd April 2010
Monday 19th April 2010

Saturday 17th April 2010
Monday 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.


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