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CultureFrench School Holidays

In France there are five school holiday periods, Toussaint (All Saints Day), Noël (Christmas), Hiver (Winter), Printemps (Easter) and Été (Summer).
Generally speaking the school year runs from the first week of September until the first week of July.

For All Saints Day, Christmas and summer, all schools in France go on vacation at the same time. But for winter and Easter vacations, not all schools have the same schedule. The country is divided into three educational zones - A, B and C. Each zone will start its vacation on a different week. Normally one zone starts, then a week later another, then a week after that the last zone starts. Vacation periods last two weeks, except for summer that goes for two months.

School zones changed in 2015. Some 2016 calenders were published before the change and have the old zones!

French School Zones:

Zone A includes - Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon and Poitiers.

Zone B includes - Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Caen, Lille, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Reims, Rennes, Rouen and Strasbourg.

Zone C includes - Créteil, Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse and Versailles.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2016/2017 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2015/2016 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2014/2015 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2013/2014 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2012/2013 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2011/2012 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2010/2011 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2009/2010 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2008/2009 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2007/2008 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2006/2007 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2005/2006 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2004/2005 school year.

French school holiday schedule (K - 12) for the 2003/2004 school year.

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