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Traveling to France in May can be a bit complicated. We have many holidays, and many long weekends.

In France:

- May 1st is Labor Day (la fête du travail)

- May 8th is the end of WWII (D day)

- Around mid May, we have a Christian holiday, l’Ascension (this year the 17th).

- and towards the end of May, another Christian holiday la Pentecôte (this year the 27th-28th).

Now all these wouldn’t be too bad if the French didn’t have this habit of “faire le pont” – literally “to do the bridge.” This means that when a holiday is on a Tuesday or a Thursday, the day which links over to the the weekend is also off (but still paid).

So for example, this year, Leyla’s school will be closed:

- Monday, March 30th and Tuesday, May 1st,

- Monday, May 7th and Tuesday, May 8th

- Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th

- Monday, May 28th

This affects schools 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!


Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 19 years in the US, France, and to people around the world over the phone and by Skype . My method is proven and unique, and, based on my students' goals and needs, I've developed high quality French audiobooks and French audio lessons for all levels. Good luck with your studies and remember, repetition is the key!

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