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French Public Holidays 2014

French Public holidays 2014
January 1st Jour de l'an (New Years Day)
April 20thth Pâques (Easter Sunday)  Note they do not have a Good Friday
April 21st Easter Monday
May 1st Fête du Travail (Labour day)
May 8th Fête de la Victoire 1945 (marks the end of WWII)
May 29thth l'Ascencion

June  8th Whit Monday Pentecôte Lundi or day of Solidarity on this day people work for no pay.
July 14th Fête Nationale (Bastille day)
August 15th Assomption
November 1st La Toussaint (All Saints day)
November 11th Jour d'armistice (Armistice day)
December 25th Noel (Christmas day)

Boulangeries, (bakers)
These are generally open in the mornings, although there are local exceptions.
Super Markets. On some of the above days there may be limited opening in the morning and if the holiday falls on a Saturday. The supermarket usually puts a  notice on all the doors a few days in advance, so be careful to check.
Restaurants, cafes and bars.
These are generally open on all public holidays except Christmas and New Year although even here there could be exceptions.
Motorway Services. These have to stay open every day, but the services may be restricted.
Petrol Stations. Generally petrol stations are closed, but those on busy routes may be open. Some have 24hr service via  credit cards, but many of these only accept French cards, so keep your vehicle topped up.
Breakdown Service. These are still available although you may have difficulty getting in contact with them, If you have insurance cover for breakdowns there will always be assistance.

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