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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.
2016 - 2017
French school holiday calendar
SW and Central France from the Atlantic coast to the Swiss border
Northern France, from the Loire Valley to Alsace, excluding Paris area
Greater Paris and Central southern France - Occitanie
|Start of the
||Tuesday 5th July 2016 after
- half term holiday period
Thursday 20th October 2016
to Wednesday 2nd November 2016 inclusive
Saturday 17th December 2016
to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive
||Saturday 18th Feb 2017
Sunday 5th March 2017
||Saturday 11th February 2017
to Sunday 26th February 2017
|Saturday 4th February 2017
to Sunday 19th Feb 2017
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
Start of the
||Saturday 8th July 2016
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