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FRENCH SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES
for   2023 - 2024


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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.
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Week-by-week holiday planner for 2023








2022 - 2023 French school holiday calendar


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 - Occitanie
Start of the summer holiday Tuesday 8th July 2022  
Autumn term starts Thursday 1st September 2022
Toussaint - half term holiday period From Friday 21st or Saturday 22nd October 2022
to Sunday 6th November 2022 inclusive 
Christmas holidays From  Friday 16th or Saturday 17th December after classes
to Tuesday 3rd January 2023 inclusive
Winter holiday Saturday 4th Feb 2023  to Sunday 19th Feb 2023 Saturday 11th February 2023
to Sunday 26th Feb 2023
Saturday 18th February 2023
to Sunday 5th March 2023
Spring holiday Saturday 8th April 2023 to Sunday 23rd April 2023 Saturday 15th April 2023 to Sunday 1st May 2023 Saturday 22n April 2023 to Sunday 8th May 2023
Ascension weekend Thursday 18th May to Sunday 21st May 2023 inclusive
Start of the summer holiday Thursday 6th July 2023

2023 - 2024 French school holiday calendar

TProvisional calendar from the French Education Ministry


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 - Occitanie
Start of the summer holiday Thursday 8th July 2023  
Autumn term starts Friday 1st September or Monday 4th September 2023
Toussaint - half term holiday period From Friday 20th or Saturday 21st October 2023
to Sunday 5th November 2023 inclusive 
Christmas holidays From  Friday 22nd December after classes
to Sunday 7th January 2023 inclusive
Winter holiday Saturday 17th Feb 2023  to Sunday 3rd March 2023 Saturday 24th February 2023
to Sunday10th Mar 2023
Saturday 10th February 2023
to Sunday 25th February 2023
Spring holiday Saturday 13th April 2023 to Sunday 28th April 2023 Saturday 20th April 2023 to Sunday 5th May 2023 Saturday 7th April 2023 to Sunday 21st April 2023
Ascension weekend Thursday 26th May to Sunday 29th May 2023 inclusive
Start of the summer holiday Thursday 8th July 2023


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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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