Private sector holidays and bridges

Verified 01 January 2024 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Some holidays are public holidays that can be unemployed or worked and remunerated under conditions which vary according to the days concerned (1er May or other). In some cases, public holidays allow you to benefit from a bridge. The arrangements for completing the day of solidarity shall be laid down by company or establishment agreement or, if not, by branch agreement.

Legal holidays

General case
Tableau - Legal holiday dates in 2024

Legal Feast

Date

New Year's Day

Monday 1er january 2024

Easter Monday

Monday 1er april 2024

Labor Day

Wednesday 1er may 2024

Victory 1945

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Ascension

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Pentecost Monday

Monday, May 20, 2024

National Day

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Assumption

Thursday, August 15, 2024

All Saints' Day

Friday 1er november 2024

Armistice 1918

Monday, November 11, 2024

Christmas

Wednesday, December 25, 2024

Alsace-Moselle
Tableau - Legal holiday dates in 2024

Legal Feast

Date

New Year's Day

Monday 1er january 2024

Good Friday (in communes with a Protestant temple or mixed church)

Friday, March 29, 2024

Easter Monday

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Labor Day

Wednesday 1er may 2024

Victory 1945

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Ascension

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Pentecost Monday

Monday, May 20, 2024

National Day

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Assumption

Thursday, August 15, 2024

All Saints' Day

Friday 1er november 2024

Armistice 1918

Monday, November 11, 2024

1er Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 25, 2024

2e Christmas Day

Thursday, December 26, 2024

Overseas
Tableau - Legal holiday dates in 2024

Legal Feast

Date

New Year's Day

Monday 1er january 2023

Easter Monday

Monday 1er april 2024

Labor Day

Wednesday 1er may 2024

Victory 1945

Wednesday, May 8, 2023

Ascension

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Pentecost Monday

Monday, May 20, 2024

National Day

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Assumption

Thursday, August 15, 2024

All Saints' Day

Friday 1er november 2024

Armistice 1918

Monday, November 11, 2024

Christmas

Wednesday, December 25, 2024

In addition to national legal holidays, the day of commemoration of the abolition of slavery is a public holiday in the Drom: titleContent. The date varies by department, under the following conditions:

Tableau - Date of commemoration of the abolition of slavery in each Dom

Dom concerned

Date

Guadeloupe

May 27

Guiana

June 10

Martinique

May 22

Mayotte

April 27

Reunion

December 20

Saint Barthelemy

October 9

Saint Martin's Day

May 27

Other public holidays

Some local or professional commemorations are also public holidays, including:

  • Saint-Éloi (recognized as a public holiday by certain collective agreements in the metallurgy industry)
  • Sainte-Barbe (for employees working in mines)
  • Mi-Lent in some Drom: titleContent

General case

Among the legal holidays, only the 1ster may is obligatory unemployed person for all employees (all companies and categories).

As an exception, the employee may work on the 1er may be employed in a company which, because of the nature of the activity, cannot interrupt work (e.g. hospitals, public transport).

Other public holidays are non-working days if such arrangements are provided for:

  • By the collective agreement or by a branch agreement or a company or establishment agreement
  • Or, in the absence of an agreement, by the employer

The employee is not obliged to recover the hours of work not performed during a holiday without work.

A non-working holiday may fall on a day that is not normally worked (for example, Sunday).

In this case, the employee is not entitled to any additional day off.

However, treaty provisions may provide for more favorable conditions.

Under 18

Employees or apprentices under 18 years of age cannot work on statutory holidays.

However, exceptions are possible in the following areas:

  • Hotels, restaurants, caterers or reception organizers
  • Coffee, tobacco or a beverage outlet
  • Bakery, pastry shop, butcher's shop, cooked meats, cheese-cream shop, fish shop
  • Company of other sectors principally producing food for immediate consumption or exclusively engaged in the retail sale of food
  • Shop selling flowers, gardening and seed
  • Shows

An employee or apprentice under the age of 18 who works on a public holiday shall be entitled to a weekly rest period of at least 36 consecutive hours.

General case

Unemployment on public holidays may not lead to any loss of wages for the employee who has at least 3 months of seniority in the company.

Seasonal employees who have signed various contracts of employment in the company (successive or not) are also fully paid if their total cumulative length of service is at least 3 months.

Public holidays are not payable for the following employees:

  • Employee working from home
  • Intermittent employee
  • Temporary employee (the holiday must however be paid to the temporary employee as long as this holiday is included in his mission)

However, treaty provisions or practice in the company may provide for more favorable conditions.

May 1

The 1er May is a public holiday and non-working day.

The public holiday on the 1ster but can't be a cause of salary cuts.

Employees paid hourly, daily or yield are entitled to compensation equal to the wages lost as a result of this unemployment. This allowance shall be paid by the employer.

The employee who works on the 1ster mai receives double his salary.

A bridge day preceding or following a public holiday may be scheduled in the company.

This practice is not regulated.

The allocation of a bridge may be provided for by treaty provisions, a collective agreement or be decided by the employer.

Hours of work not worked due to the bridge may be worked at another time to compensate.

These hours may be recovered within 12 months before or after the bridge. These hours are not subject to any salary increase.

For example, lost bridge hours can be recovered when:

  • 1 or 2 working days are unemployed between a public holiday and a weekly day of rest
  • 1 day before annual leave is non-working

The day of solidarity consists of an extra day's work. It is intended to finance measures to promote the independence of the elderly and disabled.

The day of solidarity takes the form of one additional day of work per year without pay.

It may provide for:

  • Or the work of a previously non-working holiday other than 1er May (e.g. Pentecost Monday)
  • That's the day's work RTT provided for in a working time agreement
  • Or any other way of organizing that allows the work of 7 hours previously not worked (work on a Saturday, for example)

The conditions for the day are:

  • Let the collective agreement or by a branch agreement or a company or establishment agreement
  • Or, in the absence of an agreement, by the employer after consulting the Social and Economic Committee (ESC)

The hours worked during the day of solidarity shall not be remunerated:

  • A maximum of 7 unpaid hours for monthly employees, reduced in proportion to the contractual duration in the case of part-time work
  • Or a maximum of one working day for the employee who works on the package of days

Hours worked during the day of solidarity are not considered overtime.

Please note

in Alsace-Moselle, the day of solidarity cannot be completed on 25 and 26 December, nor on Good Friday.

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