In France public holidays are marked on whichever day of the week they happen to fall – so if the holiday lands on a weekend there is no extra time off work.
French workers get 11 public holidays a year (apart from the lucky folk of Alsace Lorraine, who get 13) and the good news is that in 2020 just two land on a weekend, meaning nine extra days off work.
Even better, five of them will fall either on a Monday or a Friday – meaning a fair amount of long weekends.
This year, Ascension (May 21st) will fall on a Thursday, while the French Fête Nationale (or Bastille Day as it is known to Anglophones) on July 14th will fall on a Tuesday.
In other words, you have two chances to faire le pont (do the bridge) as the French say by taking just one day of annual leave to create a four-day weekend.
Regrettably, Assumption day (August 15th) and All Saints’ Day (November 1st) will fall on a Saturday and a Sunday, so won't give you any time off work.
This is the full list of public holidays in France
New Year's Day: Wednesday, January 1st
Easter Monday: Monday April 13th
Labour Day: Friday May 1st
Victory in Europe Day (end of WWII): Friday May 8th
Ascension: Thursday May 21st
Pentecost: Monday June 1st (although not everybody gets this after recent and confusing changes to the rules).
Bastille Day: Tuesday July 14th
Assumption Day: Saturday August 15th
All Saints' Day: Sunday November 1st
Remembrance Day: Wednesday November 11th
Christmas Day: Friday December 25th
And if you're searching for inspiration on what to do with all your lovely long weekends- why not check out this list of the one place you really should visit in every French département.