top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

French school holiday dates for 2020/21 unveiled

Pupils will head back to school after the summer holidays on September 1, 2020

Children across France may be gearing up for the 2019/20 rentrée in September, but the government has unveiled its calendar for the following school year.

Holidays in French schools are split in to three zones – A, B and C – with holiday dates spread for the winter and spring holidays, while others such as Toussaint, Christmas and summer holidays, are taken at the same time.

The zones cover different education authorities to spread out traffic movements and holiday crowding. They are as follows:

Zone A – Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon, Poitiers

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

Zone C – Créteil, Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse, Versailles 

Holiday dates for the 2020/21 school calendar are:

After breaking up for the summer at the end of the upcoming school year on July 4, 2020, those pupils heading back to school for the 2020/21 year will return after the holidays on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Teachers will return on Monday, August 31 to prepare for classes.


Toussaint (for all zones): 

Break-up: Saturday October 17, 2020 (after classes, if pupils are in school on Saturdays; otherwise holidays begin at the end of the school day Friday, October 16) | Return: Monday, November 2


Christmas (for all zones):

Break-up: Saturday, December 19, 2020 | Return: Monday, January 4, 2021


Winter holidays

(Zone A) Break-up: Saturday, February 6, 2021 | Return: Monday, February 22

(Zone  C) Break-up: Saturday, February 13, 2021 | Return: Monday, March 1 

(Zone B) Break-up: Saturday, February 20, 2021 | Return: Monday, March 8 


Spring (Easter) holidays

(Zone A) Break-up: Saturday, April 10, 2021 | Return: Monday, April 26

(Zone  C) Break-up: Saturday, April 17, 2021 | Return: Monday, May 3 

(Zone B) Break-up: Saturday, April 24, 2021 | Return: Monday, May 10 

Summer holidays

All schools break up at the end of classes on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Different holiday dates are planned for schools in Corsica, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion Island, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon.

Stay informed:
Sign up to our free weekly e-newsletter
Subscribe to access all our online articles and receive our printed monthly newspaper The Connexion at your home. News analysis, features and practical help for English-speakers in France

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Income Tax in France 2023 (for 2022 income)*
Featured Help Guide
- Primarily aimed at Britons, covers pensions, rent, ISAs, shares, savings and interest - but also contains significant general information pertinent to readers of other nationalities - Overview of online declarations + step-by-step guide to the French printed forms - Includes updates given automatically after this year's site opened
Get news, views and information from France