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FRENCH SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES
for  2015  and 2016 and 2017

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Week-by-week holiday planner for 2015
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For school-holiday purposes, France is divided into three zones: in recent years and for the coming years, all three zones have the same school holiday calendar from the start of the school year, in September, until the end of January. It is only the winter and spring holidays that differ - mainly in order to spread the season for French winter sports resorts.  
   One excellent time to visit France is in the late summer and Autumn, between the start of the school year and the Toussaint holiday.

2015 - 2016 French school holiday calendar


NOTE: French school holiday zones have changed. As from the start of the 2015-2016 school year, the zones are grouped as in the tables below.
Spring holiday dates have been modified, relative to the calendar originally published by the Ministry of Education. Generally speaking, the zone that generates most holiday traffic, notably for Ski resorts, is zone C.


ZONE A  
SW and Central France from the Atlantic coast to the Swiss border
ZONE B
Northern France, from the Loire Valley to Alsace, excluding Paris area + Provence
ZONE C
Greater Paris and Central southern France - Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc
Start of the summer holiday Friday 3rd July 2015 after classes
Autumn term starts Tuesday 1st September  2015
Toussaint - half term holiday period From Saturday 17th October 2015
to Sunday 1st November 2015 inclusive 
Christmas holidays From  Saturday 19th December 2015
to Sunday 3rd January 2016 inclusive
Winter holiday Saturday 13th Feb 2016  to Sunday 28th Feb 2016 Saturday 6th February 2016
to Sunday 21st February 2016
Saturday 20th February 2016
to Sunday 6th March 2016
Spring holiday Saturday 9th April 2016 to Sunday 24th April 2016 Saturday 2nd April 2016 to Sunday 17th April 2016 Saturday 16th April 2016 to Sunday 1st May 2016
French Whitsun weekend Saturday 14th May to Monday 16th May inclusive
Start of the summer holiday Tuesday 5th July 2016 after classes

2016 - 2017 French school holiday calendar



Take care !
This is the calendar for
2016 - 2017
for current school year, see above
ZONE A  
SW and Central France from the Atlantic coast to the Swiss border
ZONE B
Northern France, from the Loire Valley to Alsace, excluding Paris area + Provence
ZONE C
Greater Paris and Central southern France - Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc
Start of the summer holiday Tuesday 5th July 2016 after classes
Autumn term starts Thursday 1st September  2016
Toussaint - half term holiday period From Thursday 20th October 2016
to Wednesday 2nd November 2016 inclusive 
Christmas holidays From  Saturday 17th December 2016
to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive
Winter holiday Saturday 18th Feb 2017  to Sunday 5th March 2017 Saturday 11th February 2017
to Sunday 26th February 2017
Saturday 4th February 2017
to Sunday 19th March 2017
Spring holiday Saturday 15th April 2017 to Sunday 1st Mayl 2017 Saturday 8th April 2017 to Sunday 23rd April 2017 Saturday 1st April 2017 to Sunday 17th April 2017
French Whitsun weekend
Start of the summer holiday Saturday 8th July 2016

BELGIAN SCHOOLS - 2014 - 2015


BELGIUM
Toussaint - half term holiday period From midday Saturday 25th October 2014
to Sunday 2th November 2014 inclusive 
Christmas holidays

From Saturday 20nd December  after school
to Sunday 4th January 2015 inclusive

Winter holiday Saturday 14th Feb 2015

to Sunday 22nd Feb 2015

Spring holiday Saturday 4th April 2015
to Sunday 19th April 2015 inclusive







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