School holidays


The French still go on holiday massively in the month of August. Although the government wants to do holiday diversification, most French people still celebrate holidays in July / August. The French also make it a sport to join free days in between, the famous faire le pont.

French school children have five holidays a year: two weeks in February, two weeks in April, the summer months of July and August, a week for All Saints Day and two weeks of Christmas holidays.

As far as school holidays are concerned, France is spreading. The country is divided into three zones for this purpose:

  • zone A (green) includes schools in the regions of Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Rennes and Toulouse;
  • zone B (blue) includes schools in the regions of Aix-Marseilles, Amiens, Besancon, Dijon, Lille, Limoges, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Poitiers, Reims, Rouen and Strasbourg;
  • zone C (gray) includes the schools in the regions of Bordeaux, Créteil, Paris and Versailles.