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France : complete schedule of public and bank holidays, closure of banks and stock exchanges, school vacations, trade fairs, cultural and sporting events, festivals, carnivals, election during the next 3 months



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Labor Day/May Day*Friday May 1, 2020Secular holiday 
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Parliament recess (end)Monday May 4, 2020Special Events 
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containment measures (end)Monday May 11, 2020Secular holiday 
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Festival de Cannes**Wednesday May 13, 2020Culture 
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Event CANCELLED*Wednesday May 13, 2020Culture 
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Women's Tennis Strasbourg Cup**Saturday May 16, 2020Sports events 
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Le Mans French MotoGP Grand Prix**Sunday May 17, 2020Sports events 
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Event CANCELLED*Sunday May 17, 2020Sports events 
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Ascension*Thursday May 21, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)**Sunday May 24, 2020cards/flowers 
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Mothers' Day*Sunday May 31, 2020cards/flowers 
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Pentecost**Sunday May 31, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Whit Monday**Monday June 1, 2020Catholic or protestant 
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Eurostatory**Monday June 8, 2020Tradeshows 
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24 HEURES DU MANS**Saturday June 13, 2020Sports events 
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Event CANCELLED*Saturday June 13, 2020Sports events 
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Fathers' DaySunday June 21, 2020cards/flowers 
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Fête de la Musique*Sunday June 21, 2020Culture 
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Cannes Lions Advertising Festival**Monday June 22, 2020Culture 
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summer sales*Wednesday June 24, 2020Special Events 
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Parliament recess (beginning)Friday June 26, 2020Special Events 
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F1 Grand Prix*Sunday June 28, 2020Sports events 
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Event CANCELLED*Sunday June 28, 2020Sports events 
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Bastille Day**Tuesday July 14, 2020National Day 
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Evian Golf Masters**Thursday July 23, 2020Sports events 
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Festival Interceltique de Lorient**Friday August 7, 2020Culture 
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Parliament recess (beginning)Friday August 7, 2020Special Events 
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Assumption*Saturday August 15, 2020Catholic 
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El am Hejir New Year (may be changed to the nearest day)Thursday August 20, 2020cards/flowers 
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Tour de France departure**Saturday August 29, 2020Sports events 
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Labor Day/May Day -
Friday May 1, 2020

Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .


Parliament recess (end) -
Monday May 4, 2020

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Victory Day 1945 -
Saturday May 8, 2021

Secular holiday : On the 7th of May 1945, at 2:41, a first act of German surrender was signed in Reims. The fighting stopped at 23:01, on the 8th of May, French time. The news was only officially broadcast in France the next day. Therefore, on the 8th of May, at 15:00, the bells of all of the churches in France officially rang out the end of the war, whilst General de Gaulle announced it on the radio. We have won the war. Victory is ours.


Abolition of Slavery -
Monday May 10, 2021

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Containment measures (end) -
Monday May 11, 2020

Secular holiday :


Festival de Cannes -
Wednesday May 13, 2020

Culture : Www.festival-cannes.fr lasts 12 days - in southern France 2020 edition confirmed


Event CANCELLED -
Wednesday May 13, 2020

Culture : Due to Coronavirus epidemics


Women's Tennis Strasbourg Cup -
Saturday May 16, 2020

Sports events : Lasts 1 week www.internationaux-strasbourg.fr in Strasbourg 2020 edition confirmed


Le Mans French MotoGP Grand Prix -
Sunday May 17, 2020

Sports events : Www.gpfrancemoto.com/ in Le Mans (Western France) 2020 edition confirmed


Event CANCELLED -
Sunday May 17, 2020

Sports events : Due to Corona virus epidemics


Ascension -
Thursday May 21, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.


Abolition of Slavery -
Sunday May 23, 2021

Culture : Abolition of Slavery Day in French Overseas Territories: May 27 in Guadeloupe, May 22 in Martinique, June 10 in Guiana, Dec. 20 in Réunion Island, April 27 in Mayotte, May 23 in Metropolitan France (where it is not a public holiday) In fact, the second abolition decree was signed in Paris by Victor Schoelcher on April 27, 1848. The first decree had been signed in Paris by the French Revolution on Feb. 4, 1794, but had been cancelled by Napoleon on May 20, 1802.


End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Sunday May 24, 2020

cards/flowers : The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful NOT a public holiday [Wikipedia]


Mothers' Day -
Sunday May 31, 2020

cards/flowers : Mother’s day has evolved in many countries in different ways. This is because mother’s day has different origins in different countries and therefore occurs on different days in the year. One school of thought claims that this day emerged from the custom of mother worship in ancient Greece. Mother worship which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and Rhea, the wife of Cronus, was held on March 15 to March 18 around Asia Minor. They insist that this custom spread around the world. Mothering Sunday is the celebration of motherhood in the United Kingdom. It is also known as Mid-lent Sunday, Rose Sunday and Laetare Sunday. It originally comes from the Victorian practice of allowing servants to return home to visit their mothers on this day. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 - October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862 and quickly became one of the most popular songs for the Union during the American Civil War. After the war she focused her activities on the causes of Pacifism and women’s suffrage. In 1870 she was the first to proclaim Mother’s Day, with her Mother’s Day Proclamation.


Pentecost -
Sunday May 31, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday


Whit Monday -
Monday June 1, 2020

Catholic or protestant : Seven weeks after Easter Monday -Marking the day the Holy Spirit entered the disciples left behind and the beginning of their ministry. Not a paid holiday. Due to a succession of gazetted decrees, this day MAY STILL BE A WORKING DAY in some institutions or businesses. Please double check.


Eurostatory -
Monday June 8, 2020

Tradeshows : Www.eurosatory.com Lasts 5 days - in Paris 2020 edition confirmed


24 HEURES DU MANS -
Saturday June 13, 2020

Sports events : Www.24h-lemans.com/ automobile race - 2020 edition confirmed


Event CANCELLED -
Saturday June 13, 2020

Sports events : Due to Corona virus epidemics


Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 21, 2020

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Fête de la Musique -
Sunday June 21, 2020

Culture : The whole night is dedicated to amateur and professional musicians who are welcome to play anywhere in the country. Since 1981. More than 700 cities across 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, the United States, and Japan celebrate World Music Day today.


Cannes Lions Advertising Festival -
Monday June 22, 2020

Culture : Lasts 1 week - www.canneslions.com in Cannes 2020 edition confirmed


Summer sales -
Wednesday June 24, 2020

Special Events : Last 5 weeks


Parliament recess (beginning) -
Friday June 26, 2020

Special Events :


F1 Grand Prix -
Sunday June 28, 2020

Sports events : In Le Castellet, Southern France 2020 edition confirmed
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Event CANCELLED -
Sunday June 28, 2020

Sports events : Due to Corona virus epidemics


Bastille Day -
Tuesday July 14, 2020

Secular holiday : This is the French symbol of the end of the Monarchy and the beginning of the First Republic. The national holiday is a time when all citizens can feel themselves to be members of a republican nation. It is because this national holiday is rooted in the history of the birth of the Republic that it has great significance. On 5 May 1789, the King convened the Estates General to hear their complaints: but the assembly of the Third Estate, representing the citizens of the town, soon broke away and formed the Constituent National Assembly. On 20 June, 1789, the deputies of the Third Estate took the oath of the Jeu de Paume to not separate until the Constitution had been established. The people of Paris rose up and decided to march on the Bastille, a state prison that stood for the absolute despotism of the Ancient Regime. On July 14, 1789, the storming of the Bastille immediately took on a great historical dimension; it was proof that power no longer resided in the King as God's representative, but in the people, in accordance with the theories developed by their philosophers of the eighteenth century. Within two days the Revolution could not be reversed. For all citizens of France, the storming of the Bastille came to symbolize liberty, democracy in the struggle against oppression. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday


Evian Golf Masters -
Thursday July 23, 2020

Sports events : Lasts 4 days www.lpga.com/ in Evian, Eastern France 2020 edition confirmed


Festival Interceltique de Lorient -
Friday August 7, 2020

Culture : Http://www.festival-interceltique.com/ lasts 8 days - in Western France 2020 edition confirmed


Parliament recess (beginning) -
Friday August 7, 2020

Special Events :


Assumption -
Saturday August 15, 2020

Catholic : Dogma defined by the Catholic Church on November 1, 1950, when Pope Pius XII declared that at the end of her life, Mary's body and soul were assumed into Heaven.


El am Hejir New Year (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Thursday August 20, 2020

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Tour de France departure -
Saturday August 29, 2020

Sports events : 2020: in Nice (southern France)