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The former German territory retained these two extra public holidays when it was returned to France at the end of WWI.

If a national holiday in France falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is usually given as a French holiday.

France observes 11 French public holidays each year, however, only May Day is classed as a statutory (paid) holiday in France; the entitlement to other paid French holidays and the conditions for working on French national holidays (such as higher pay) are left to the discretion of the employer-employee contract or union, so check the French holiday calendar when looking for jobs in France.

Most French holidays apply across the nation although two regions, Alsace and Lorraine, have two extra French public holidays.

Corsica and overseas departments and territories define differently their school calendars.

Whereas it is the Ministry of National Education which decides when will be holidays in metropolitan France, Corsica, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Réunion, Saint Pierre and Miquelon and Wallis and Futuna holidays can be adapted by decree by the local Director of Education for a span of three years.

You can see which French bank holidays coincide with the top French festivals, as it's a great reason to travel the country and experience French food and culture.

They are always full weeks; if, as happened for example in 2011/2012, the two weeks would have meant returning to school on Monday 1 January the return date is Tuesday 2 January.

Winter holidays last two weeks and are distributed in France depending on zones between the second week of February and the first week of March.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on December 24 and 25 are also widely celebrated French holidays, although in parts of northern and eastern France some children receive presents on the morning of St Nicholas’ Day on 6 December.

Here's a list of all French national holidays and important dates in 2018 below.

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