- May 1st is Labor Day (la fête du travail)
- May 8th is the end of WWII
- Around mid or end May, we have a Christian holiday, l’Ascension (this year the 29th)
- and sometimes towards the very end of May, another Christian holiday la Pentecôte (this year it’s in June, the 8th and 9th)
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So for example, this year, Leyla’s (our 9 year old daughter) school will be closed on Thursdays AND Fridays three out of the four weeks of the month!
A global impact
This affects schools (read more about the French school system here) and other institutions including banks, museums, and some supermarkets…
And of course it has a tremendous influence on the price of train tickets and the traffic on the roads…. Something to be aware of when planning your trip to France!
“how much does it cost? (to the economy)”
“A bag of coal, a pack of beer, lamb sausages, skewers…”
Image credits: Ouest France