Holiday Guide for France in 2023

France 2023

France information

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.

Population: 67.39m
Capital: Paris
Calling Code: (33)
Time Zone: +1 UTC
Currency: Euro
Language: French

List of Public Holidays in France in 2023

New Year's Day

New Year's Day (Jour de l'an)

France: New Year's Day is a public holiday in all countries that observe the Gregorian calendar, with the exception of Israel

Good Friday

 Long Weekend! 
Good Friday (Vendredi saint)

Grand Est: Alsace and Moselle. Good Friday commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Easter Monday

 Long Weekend! 
Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)

France: Easter is probably the most important holiday of the Christian year, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus

Labour Day

 Long Weekend! 
Labour Day (Fête du Travail)

France: This holiday is most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement

V-E Day

 Long Weekend! 
V-E Day (Fête de la Victoire)

France: Victory in Europe Day marks May 8th 1945 when the Allies formally accepted an unconditional surrender by the armed forces of Germany

Ascension Day

Ascension Day (Jour de l'Ascension)

France: This day observes the departure of Jesus from earth after his resurrection. It is perhaps the earliest observed celebration in Christianity.

Whit Monday

 Long Weekend! 
Whit Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte)

France: Commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles.

Bastille Day

 Long Weekend! 
Bastille Day (Fête Nationale)

France: Bastille Day celebrates the birth of the French Republic and marks the storming of the Bastille in 1789

Assumption Day

Assumption Day (Assomption)

France: The Feast of the Assumption is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin, the mother of Jesus Christ

All Saints' Day

All Saints' Day (Toussaint)

France: Pope Boniface IV dedicated the day as a holiday to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary and all martyrs

Armistice Day

Armistice Day (Jour d'armistice)

France: Observed on November 11th to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918 and honor the veterans of both World Wars.

Christmas Day

 Long Weekend! 
Christmas Day (Noël)

France: Christmas celebrates the Nativity of Jesus which according to tradition took place on December 25th 1 BC

St. Stephen's Day

St. Stephen's Day (Deuxième jour de Noël)

Grand Est: December 26th is the Feast of St. Stephen in Western Christianity. It is observed as a second day of Christmas holidays in several countries.


  • 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.