Public Holidays in France in 2019

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During the 11 official public holidays in France, most businesses, shops and offices will be closed. Some supermarkets and bakeries may open in the morning. Restaurants may open for lunch and/or dinner, but it is worth checking before and making a reservation in advance to be sure. Many tourist attractions may be shut or have limited opening hours.

France 2019

France List of Holidays in France in 2019

Day Date Holiday Name French Name Type Comments
Tuesday New Year's Day Jour de l'an Public Holiday
Friday Good Friday Vendredi saint Regional Holiday Alsace and Moselle
Monday Easter Monday Lundi de Pâques Public Holiday
Wednesday Labour Day Fête du Travail Public Holiday International Workers' Day
Wednesday V-E Day La fête de la victoire Public Holiday
Sunday Mother's Day Fête des Mères Not A Public Holiday Last Sunday in May. Not a public holiday
Thursday Ascension Day Jour de l'Ascension Public Holiday 39 days after Easter Sunday
Monday Whit Monday Lundi de Pentecôte Public Holiday 7th Monday after Easter
Sunday Father's Day Fête des Pères Not A Public Holiday 3rd Sunday in June. Not a public holiday
Sunday Bastille Day Fête nationale Public Holiday French National Day
Thursday Assumption Day Assomption Public Holiday
Friday All Saints' Day La Toussaint Public Holiday
Monday Armistice Day Jour d'armistice Public Holiday
Wednesday Christmas Day Noël Public Holiday
Thursday St. Stephen's Day Deuxième jour de Noël Regional Holiday Alsace and Moselle


  • French fixed Public Holidays that fall on a Sunday are celebrated on the following Monday.
  • 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.
  • No time off in lieu is granted when a Public Holiday falls on a Saturday.