MIL-OSI Translation: Legal holidays: the calendar of public holidays in 2019

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It is the article L 3133-1 of the labor code which fixes the list of legal holidays considered as holidays. Reminder with of the holidays planned for 2019 and the main rules that apply for employees.

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Dates of public holidays in 2019

Tuesday 1st January

New Year’s Day

Monday, April 22

Easter Monday

Wednesday, May 1st

labor Day

Wednesday, May 8

Victory of 1945

Thursday, May 30


Monday, June 10

Whit Monday

Sunday, July 14

National Holiday

Thursday August 15th


Friday, November 1st


Monday, November 11

1918 Armistice

Wednesday, December 25


Recall :

Public holidays may be not worked or worked and paid on terms that vary depending on the day concerned (May 1st or other). In some cases, public holidays also make it possible to benefit from a bridge.

May 1

The 1st of May is the only mandatory day off for all employees, the work being planned that day only in certain institutions and services (hospitals, public transport …) where the work can not be interrupted because of the nature of their activity.

Other holidays

Other holidays may exist in a region, a locality or in certain sectors of activity. This is the case, for example, in Alsace and Moselle, which also benefit from Good Friday and 26 December.


The employer may also provide a bridge to employees in particular between one or two days of weekly rest and a holiday. The hours lost due to the bridge can be recovered, the employees having to make another day lost working hours.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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