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for   2020 - 2021

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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.
You may also want to consult the
Week-by-week holiday planner for 2021

2020 - 2021 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,  + Provence
Greater Paris and Central southern France - Occitanie
Start of the summer holiday Saturday 4th July 2020 after classes
Autumn term starts Monday 31st August 2020
Toussaint - half term holiday period From Saturday 17th October 2020
to Sunday 1st November 2020 inclusive 
Christmas holidays From  Friday 18th or Saturday 19th December after classes
to Sunday 3rdh January 2021 inclusive
Winter holiday Saturday 6th Feb 2021  to Sunday 21st Feb 2021 Saturday 20th February 2021
to Sunday 7th March 2021
Saturday 13th February 2021
to Sunday 28th February 2021
Spring holiday Saturday 10th April 2021 to Sunday 26th April 2021 Saturday 24th April 2021 to Sunday 9th May 2021 Saturday 17th April 2021 to Sunday 2nd May 2021
Ascension weekend Thursday 13th May to Sunday 16th May 2021 inclusive
Start of the summer holiday Tuesday 6th July 2021

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The French school holiday calendar.  
For school holiday dates, France is divided into three parts. Knowing when French schools are out can be useful information when it comes to choosing when to travel to France.
   For French bank holiday dates, visit the week planner.
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