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France - bank and public holidays of the world - 1970-2070

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Full calendar of public and bank holidays of the world (and banks closures), from 1970 until 2070 for France



Internet domain: .fr - Telephone code: +33 - International dialing code: 00 - GMT offset: +1 (DST: yes)
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Weekend: Saturday & Sunday




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April Fools Day**Saturday April 1, 2017cards/flowers 
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Easter**Saturday April 1, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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Easter Monday**Sunday April 2, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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Marathon de Paris*Saturday April 8, 2017Sports events 
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Parliament recess (beginning)Thursday April 20, 2017Special Events 
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Printemps de Bourges**Monday April 24, 2017Events, celebrations... 
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Foire de Paris*Thursday April 27, 2017Tradeshows 
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Deportation Day**Saturday April 29, 2017cards/flowers 
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Labor Day/May Day*Monday May 1, 2017Secular holiday 
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Parliament recess (end)Sunday May 7, 2017Special Events 
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Victory Day 1945*Monday May 8, 2017Secular holiday 
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Festival de Cannes**Tuesday May 9, 2017Events, celebrations... 
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Ascension*Wednesday May 10, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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Abolition of SlaveryWednesday May 10, 2017cards/flowers 
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Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Tuesday May 16, 2017cards/flowers 
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Women's Tennis Strasbourg Cup**Friday May 19, 2017Sports events 
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Le Mans French MotoGP Grand Prix**Saturday May 20, 2017Sports events 
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Pentecost**Saturday May 20, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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Whit Monday**Sunday May 21, 2017Catholic or protestant 
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French Tennis Open - Roland Garros (Paris)*Monday May 22, 2017Sports events 
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Abolition of Slavery*Tuesday May 23, 2017Events, celebrations... 
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Mothers' Day*Saturday May 27, 2017cards/flowers 
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Lumiville (in Lyon)**Monday May 29, 2017Tradeshows 
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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 : Www.schneiderelectricparismarathon.com 2018 edition confirmed
Contact edit@edit.fr to get calendar


Parliament recess (beginning) -
Friday April 20, 2018

Special Events :


Printemps de Bourges -
Tuesday April 24, 2018

Culture : Song festival lasts 6 days - http://www.printemps-bourges.com/ in Center France 2018 edition confirmed


Foire de Paris -
Friday April 27, 2018

Tradeshows : Last 2 weeks - in the Porte de Versailles fair grounds - http://www.foiredeparis.fr 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

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Victory Day 1945 -
Tuesday May 8, 2018

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 - www.festival-cannes.fr 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 -
Thursday May 10, 2018

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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 www.internationaux-strasbourg.fr in Strasbourg updated Dec 2014


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

Sports events : Www.gpfrancemoto.com/ in Le Mans (Western France) 2018 edition confirmed
Contact edit@edit.fr to get calendar


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 - www.rolandgarros.com 2018 edition confirmed
Contact edit@edit.fr to get calendar


Abolition of Slavery -
Wednesday May 23, 2018

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 http://www.lumiville.com/ street & public lighting in Lyon updated Feb 2015