2012: France

France National public holidays of France in 2012

Sunday January 01 New Years Day
Monday January 02 New Years Day (in lieu)
Monday April 09 Easter Monday Lundi de Páques
Tuesday May 01 Labour Day
Tuesday May 08 V-E Day
Thursday May 17 Ascension Day 40 days after Easter
Monday May 28 Whitmonday 7th Monday after Easter. Also Known as Pentecost Monday
Sunday June 03 Mothers Day Last Sunday in May. Not a public holiday.
Sunday June 17 Fathers Day Third Sunday of June. Not a National Holiday
Saturday July 14 Bastille Day French National Day
Wednesday August 15 Assumption Day Assumption of Mary
Thursday November 01 All Saints Day
Sunday November 11 Armistice Day
Monday November 12 Armistice Day (in Lieu)
Tuesday December 25 Christmas Day


National Holiday
Not a Public Holiday


  • French fixed Public Holidays that fall on a Sunday are celebrated on the following Monday.
  • No time off in lieu is granted when a Public Holiday falls on a Saturday.
  • If a public holiday falls on a Thursday, it is common for many workers to take the Friday as a 'pont' (bridge) to create a long weekend.
  • Only Labour Day (May 1st) is a statutory public holiday in France. The rest of the holidays are granted byagreement between employers' and employees' unions or by agreement of the employer.

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