French Public Holidays
The following jours fériés (public holidays) are observed in France:
- New Year’s Day (Jour de l’An) 1 January
- Easter Sunday & Monday (Pâques & lundi de Pâques) late March/April
- May Day (Fête du Travail) 1 May
- Victoire 1945 8 May – celebrates the Allied victory that ended WWII
- Ascension Thursday (L’Ascension) May – the 40th day after Easter
- Pentecost/Whit Sunday & Whit Monday (Pentecôte & lundi de Pentecôte) mid-May to mid-June – celebrated seventh Sunday after Easter
- Bastille Day/National Day (Fête Nationale) 14 July
- Assumption Day (L’Assomption) 15 August
- All Saints’ Day (La Toussaint) 1 November
- Remembrance Day (L’onze Novembre) 11 November – marks WWI armistice
- Christmas (Noël) 25 December
Monégasque Public Holidays
Monaco shares the same holidays, except 8 May, 14 July and 11 November. Additionally:
- Feast of Ste-Dévote 27 January – Monaco's saint's day
- Corpus Christi June – three weeks after Ascension
- National Day (Fête Nationale) 19 November
- Immaculate Conception 8 December
Travelling during vacances scolaires (school holidays) isn't recommended, especially July and August; summer Saturdays are horrendous. French government staggers holidays by region.
Easter Month-long spring break, beginning around Easter, students have overlapping 15-day holidays.
Summer The nationwide summer holiday lasts from the tail end of June until very early September.