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How Do Public Holidays Affect Travel and Sightseeing in France?

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My husband and I are planning a trip to France for late spring or early summer and have read that one should avoid public holidays and observances, of which there are many, especially in May (1st - Labor Day; 8th - VE Day; 14th - Ascension Day; 25th - Whit Monday). We also read that strikes are often planned for the last week of June-1st week of July.

Would those who have experience traveling in France please comment on how these holidays affect travel (especially train schedules) and sight (museums, churches, etc) and store closures?

We plan to travel for 3-4 weeks throughout France. Is there a "window" during May-June that would be best for avoiding disruptions?

Thanks as always for your help!

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