With 11 national jours feriés (holidays) and at least five weeks of paid vacation, the French have their share of repose. In May there's a holiday nearly every week, so be prepared for stores, banks, and museums to shut their doors for days at a time. Be sure to call museums, restaurants, and hotels in advance to make sure they'll be open.
Note that these dates are for the calendar year 2013: January 1 (New Year's Day); March 31 and April 1 (Easter Sunday and Monday); May 1 (Labor Day); May 8 (V.E. Day); May 9 (Ascension); May 19 (Pentecost Sunday); July 14 (Bastille Day); August 15 (Assumption); November 1 (All Saints); November 11 (Armistice); December 25 (Christmas).
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