Vacances scolaires et jours fériés

School Holidays & Public Holidays 2018-2019

What are the dates of French holidays and school holidays? The answers to all your questions are here, area-by-area.

Public holidays

Traditionally, France has 10 public holidays per year. Schools, public services, banks and shops are usually closed on these days.

Here is the list:

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • 8 May: VE Day
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • 14 July: Bastille Day
  • 15 August: Assumption Day
  • 1 November: All Saints’ Day
  • 11 November: Armistice Day
  • 25 December: Christmas Day

School holidays

France is divided into three school zones: A, B and C. The start of the school year, the All Saints’ holidays, the Christmas holidays and the start of the summer holidays are the same in all three zones.
Nouvelle-Aquitaine is in Zone A

Zone A
Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon, Poitiers

Zone B
Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Caen, Lille, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Reims, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg

Zone C
Créteil, Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse, Versailles

School calendar for Zone A (inc. Bordeaux, Limoges and Poitiers):

Back to school for students
Term begins: Monday 3 September 2018
All Saints’ holidays
Term ends: Saturday 20 October 2018
Term begins: Monday 5 November 2018
Christmas holidays
Term ends: Saturday 22 December 2018
Term begins: Monday 7 January 2019
Winter holidays
Term ends: Saturday 16 February 2019
Term begins: Monday 4 March 2019
Spring holidays
Term ends: Saturday 13 April 2019
Term begins: Monday 29 April 2019
Summer holidays
Term ends: Saturday 6 July 2019

The school calendar in other zones

Back to school for students
Term begins: Monday 3 September 2018
All Saints’ holidays
Term ends: Saturday 20 October 2018
Term begins: Monday 5 November 2018
Christmas holidays
Term ends: Saturday 22 December 2018
Term begins: Monday 7 January 2019
Winter holidays
Zone B
Term ends: Saturday 9 February 2019
Term begins: Monday 25 February 2019

Zone C
Term ends: Saturday 23 February 2019
Term begins: Monday 11 March 2019
Spring holidays
Zone B
Term ends: Saturday 6 April 2019
Term begins: Tuesday 23 April 2019
Zone C
Term ends: Saturday 20 April 2019
Term begins: Monday 6 May 2019
Summer holidays
Term ends: Saturday 6 July 2019

For the 2019-2020 academic year, classes will begin for the Nouvelle-Aquitaine academies (Bordeaux, Limoges et Poitiers) on 2 September 2019.

  • Autumn half-term holidays will take place from 19 October to 4 November 2019,
  • Christmas holidays from 21 December 2019 to 6 January 2020,
  • Winter half-term holidays from 22 February to 9 March 2020,
  • Easter holidays from 18 April to 4 May 2020
  • Summer holidays as of 4 July 2020.
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