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Bank Holidays in UK and France for 2007

Plan your trip because in France shops and restaurants tend to close on national holidays

April 9 Monday Easter Monday Pâques
May 1 Tuesday Labour Day/May Day Fête du premier mai
May 8 Tuesday Victory Day 1945 Fête de la Victoire 1945
May 17 Thursday Ascension l’Ascencion
May 28 Monday Whit Monday  
July 14 Saturday Bastille Day Fête National
August 15 Wednesday Assumption Assomption
November 1 Thursday All Saints Day La Toussaint
November 11 Sunday VE Day (Armistice) Jour d’armistice
December 25 Tuesday Christmas Day Noël
December 26 Wednesday Boxing Day  
December 31 Tuesday New Years Eve  
January 1 Wednesday New Years Day  

Please note that most shops and hypermarkets are closed on Sundays apart from Boulangeries (bakeries) which generally stay open until noon.

School Holidays in France

Note: French schools still have some of the longest school holidays in the world, attending school for only around 160 days out of the whole year. Summer school holidays start on July 4th 2007 and end 4th September 2007. Therefore expect all the coastal resorts to be very busy with French family holidaymakers. Other school holidays are staggered according to zones as follows:

Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Rennes, Toulouse
Winter: 10 February - 26 February
Spring: 31 march - 16 April

Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Besançon, Dijon, Lille, Limoges, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Poitiers, Reims, Rouen, Strasbourg
Winter: 24 February 07 - 12 March 07
Spring: 14 April - 2 May

Bordeaux, Créteil, Paris, Versailles
Winter: 17 February – 5 March
Spring: 7 April – 23 April

Summer Holiday: 4 July - 4 September
Christmas: 23 December 2007 – 7 January 2008

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