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French Public Holidays

In order to avoid frustration because the Paris tourist attraction you wanted to visit is closed due to a public holiday, check out our list of French public holidays.

Since the French are predominantly catholic, many French public holidays correspond to religious holidays from the Christian calendar.

Date Public Holidays
1 January New Year’s Day (Jour de l’an)
1 May Labour Day (Fete du premier mai)
8 May WWII Victory Day (Fete de la Victoire 1945)
14 July French National Day (Fete nationale)
15 August Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption)
1 November All Saints Day (La Toussaint)
11 November Armistice 1918 (Jour d’armistice)
25 December Christmas Day (Noel)

Date Movable Public Holidays
Between 21 March and 25 April Easter (Paques)
Monday after Easter Easter Monday
Between 1 May and 25 May Ascension (l’ascencion)
Between 11 May and 31 May Pentecost (la paentecote)
Monday after Pentecost Whit Monday

As you can see during the month of May, there is a holiday nearly every week. Many French tend to take an additional day off, when the public holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday (they stay at home on Friday and Monday too). Some places are closed then for more days than only on the public holiday. We recommend to call museums and restaurants in advance to make sure they will be open.