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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 current 2 months

Internet domain: .fr - Telephone code: +33 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +1 (DST: yes)
European Truck Ban: 22:00 to 22:00 on Sundays, public holidays & vacations departures/returns
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Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

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train strikeSaturday March 3, 2018Special Events 
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Grandmothers Day*Sunday March 4, 2018cards/flowers 
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Parliament recess (end)Monday March 5, 2018Special Events 
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Mondial du Tourisme**Thursday March 15, 2018Tradeshows 
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Paris Book Fair - Salon du Livre**Friday March 16, 2018Tradeshows 
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Arbor DayThursday March 21, 2019cards/flowers 
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Daylight Saving Time*Sunday March 25, 2018Special Events 
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Passover**Friday March 30, 2018cards/flowers 
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Easter**Sunday April 1, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Easter Monday**Monday April 2, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Marathon de Paris*Sunday April 8, 2018Sports events 
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Parliament recess (beginning)Friday April 20, 2018Special Events 
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Printemps de Bourges**Tuesday April 24, 2018Culture 
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Foire de Paris*Friday April 27, 2018Tradeshows 
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Deportation Day**Sunday April 29, 2018cards/flowers 
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Labor Day/May Day*Tuesday May 1, 2018Secular holiday 
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Parliament recess (end)Monday May 7, 2018Special Events 
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Festival de Cannes**Wednesday May 9, 2018Culture 
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Ascension*Thursday May 10, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Wednesday May 16, 2018cards/flowers 
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Women's Tennis Strasbourg Cup**Saturday May 19, 2018Sports events 
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Le Mans French MotoGP Grand Prix**Sunday May 20, 2018Sports events 
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Pentecost**Sunday May 20, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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Whit Monday**Monday May 21, 2018Catholic or protestant 
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French Tennis Open - Roland Garros (Paris)*Tuesday May 22, 2018Sports events 
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Mothers' Day*Sunday May 27, 2018cards/flowers 
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Lumiville (in Lyon)**Tuesday May 29, 2018Tradeshows 
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End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)**Friday June 15, 2018cards/flowers 
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24 HEURES DU MANS*Saturday June 16, 2018Sports events 
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Fathers' DaySunday June 17, 2018cards/flowers 
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Cannes Lions Advertising Festival**Monday June 18, 2018Culture 
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summer sales*Wednesday June 27, 2018Special Events 
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Tour de France departure**Saturday July 7, 2018Sports events 
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Bastille Day**Saturday July 14, 2018National Day 
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Tour de France arrival in Paris*Sunday July 29, 2018Sports events 
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Festival Interceltique de Lorient**Friday August 3, 2018Culture 
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Parliament recess (beginning)Friday August 3, 2018Special Events 
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Assumption*Wednesday August 15, 2018Catholic 
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La Braderie de Lille**Saturday September 1, 2018Tradeshows 
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Rosh Hashanah**Monday September 10, 2018cards/flowers 
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Cannes Yachting Festival**Wednesday September 12, 2018Tradeshows 
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El am Hejir New Year (may be changed to the nearest day)Wednesday September 12, 2018cards/flowers 
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Evian Golf Masters**Friday September 14, 2018Sports events 
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Train strike -
Saturday March 3, 2018

Special Events :

Grandmothers Day -
Sunday March 4, 2018

cards/flowers : Depuis 1987

Parliament recess (end) -
Monday March 5, 2018

Special Events :

Mondial du Tourisme -
Thursday March 15, 2018

Tradeshows : Lasts 5 days - Porte de Versailles in Paris 2018 edition confirmed

Paris Book Fair - Salon du Livre -
Friday March 16, 2018

Tradeshows : lasts 4 days - in Paris 2018 edition confirmed

Arbor Day -
Thursday March 21, 2019

cards/flowers :

Daylight Saving Time -
Sunday March 25, 2018

Special Events : At 1:00 am local times

Passover -
Friday March 30, 2018

cards/flowers : Deliverance of the Jewish people from Egypt. The Seder service on the first two evenings recounts the story of the Exodus NOT a public holiday

April Fools Day -
Monday April 1, 2019

cards/flowers : As the story goes, in 1564, France was one of the first nations to make January 1 officially New Year's Day, instead of the last week of March which was previously observed. In 1582, the Pope followed suit. Those who went on celebrating April 1st were mocked. As the zodiacal sign was the fish, The French placed dead fish on the backs of one another. Traditions vary from country to country.

Easter -
Sunday April 1, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday

Easter Monday -
Monday April 2, 2018

Catholic or protestant : "Solidarity Day",may not be a paid holiday, depending on the company

Marathon de Paris -
Sunday April 8, 2018

Sports events : 2018 edition confirmed
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Parliament recess (beginning) -
Friday April 20, 2018

Special Events :

Printemps de Bourges -
Tuesday April 24, 2018

Culture : Song festival lasts 6 days - in Center France 2018 edition confirmed

Foire de Paris -
Friday April 27, 2018

Tradeshows : Last 2 weeks - in the Porte de Versailles fair grounds - 2018 edition confirmed

Deportation Day -
Sunday April 29, 2018

cards/flowers : In the early 1950s, former deportees or their families wanted a national celebration for preserving the memory of the deportation. The law of 14 April 1954, unanimously passed by the French Parliament has responded to the need to preserve the memory of the deportation by creating the National Day of Remembrance of the victims and heroes of the deportation . Not a public holiday

Labor Day/May Day -
Tuesday May 1, 2018

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 7, 2018

Special Events :

Victory Day 1945 -
Wednesday May 8, 2019

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.

Festival de Cannes -
Wednesday May 9, 2018

Culture : Lasts 12 days - in southern France 2018 edition confirmed

Ascension -
Thursday May 10, 2018

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 -
Friday May 10, 2019

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Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Wednesday May 16, 2018

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Women's Tennis Strasbourg Cup -
Saturday May 19, 2018

Sports events : Lasts 1 week in Strasbourg updated Dec 2014

Le Mans French MotoGP Grand Prix -
Sunday May 20, 2018

Sports events : in Le Mans (Western France) 2018 edition confirmed
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Pentecost -
Sunday May 20, 2018

Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday

Whit Monday -
Monday May 21, 2018

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.

French Tennis Open - Roland Garros (Paris) -
Tuesday May 22, 2018

Sports events : Lasts 2 weeks - 2018 edition confirmed
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Abolition of Slavery -
Thursday May 23, 2019

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.

Mothers' Day -
Sunday May 27, 2018

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.

Lumiville (in Lyon) -
Tuesday May 29, 2018

Tradeshows : Lasts 3 days street & public lighting in Lyon updated Feb 2015

End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Friday June 15, 2018

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]

Saturday June 16, 2018

Sports events : Automobile race - 2018 edition confirmed
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Fathers' Day -
Sunday June 17, 2018

cards/flowers :

Cannes Lions Advertising Festival -
Monday June 18, 2018

Culture : Lasts 1 week - in Cannes We carry confirmed dates till Dec 2018
Contact to purchase the dates of this event or one file containing confirmed events in 800 countries and regions.

Fête de la Musique -
Friday June 21, 2019

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.

Summer sales -
Wednesday June 27, 2018

Special Events : Last 5 weeks

Tour de France departure -
Saturday July 7, 2018

Sports events : 2018: in Noirmoutier (Western France)

Bastille Day -
Saturday July 14, 2018

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

Tour de France arrival in Paris -
Sunday July 29, 2018

Sports events : 2018 edition confirmed
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Festival Interceltique de Lorient -
Friday August 3, 2018

Culture : Lasts 8 days in Western France 2018 edition confirmed

Parliament recess (beginning) -
Friday August 3, 2018

Special Events :

Assumption -
Wednesday August 15, 2018

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.

La Braderie de Lille -
Saturday September 1, 2018

Tradeshows : For 2 days, one of the world's largest flea market in Lille 2018 edition NOT confirmed

Rosh Hashanah -
Monday September 10, 2018

cards/flowers : Jewish New Year NOT a public holiday

Cannes Yachting Festival -
Wednesday September 12, 2018

Tradeshows : Lasts 6 days in Cannes 2018 edition confirmed
Contact to get calendar

El am Hejir New Year (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Wednesday September 12, 2018

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Evian Golf Masters -
Friday September 14, 2018

Sports events : Lasts 4 days in Evian, Eastern France 2018 edition confirmed