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Public Holidays France 2016


National holidays France 2016, 0r, as the British call them, Bank Holidays (as the banks are closed). Be aware that on these days many shops will close all day or early, some museums and other public attractions may also not be open. So, don’t forget to stock up the day before though, in many places you will be able to get fresh bread in the morning on at least some of these days. Check ahead if you’re not sure…

Public Holidays France 2016

Date Holiday name Holiday type
1st January New Year’s Day National holiday
25th March Good Friday Local holiday (Alsace/Lorraine)
28th March Easter Monday National holiday
1st May Labour Day / May Day National holiday
5th May Ascension Day National holiday
8th May WWII Victory Day National holiday
16th May Whit Monday National holiday
14th July Bastille Day National holiday
15th August Assumption of Mary National holiday
1st November All Saints’ Day National holiday
11th November Armistice Day National holiday
25th December Christmas Day National holiday
26th December St Stephen’s Day Local holiday (Alsace/Lorraine)

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