Now that we have started a New Year we thought we’d share some useful dates that will affect many English speakers spending time in France.


Tuesday 1New Year’s Day public holiday
Sunday 6Epiphany
Monday 7School back in session (nationwide)
Wednesday 9Instore and online store winter sales begin
Friday 18Renesting in France seminar early bird discount expires


Saturday 2‘La Chandeleur’ (Candlemas)
Thursday 14Saint Valentine’s Day
Tuesday 19Instore and online store winter sales end
Saturday 23Winter School Holidays begin (Languedoc)


Prior to Brexit on the 29th, Britons living in France are advised to have a French driving license and 6 months validity on their passport.

Friday 1Renesting in France seminar registration closes
Tuesday 5Shrove Tuesday
Monday 11School back in session (Languedoc)
Friday 29Brexit Day
Sunday 31At 2am clocks go forward 1 hour


If you are planning a trip to France with renesting in mind, an excellent time to visit is in the spring!

Saturday 6Renesting in France Seminar, Montpellier
Tuesday 9Real Estate & Real Life Tour, Montpellier & Sète
Thursday 11Real Estate & Real Life Tour, Béziers, Pézenas & Marseillan
Sunday 13Real Estate & Real Life Tour, Uzès & Sommières
Saturday 20Spring School Holidays begin (Languedoc)
Sunday 21Easter Sunday public holiday
Monday 22Easter Monday public holiday


Deadline for submitting your French income tax declaration for 2018 revenues.

Wednesday 1Labour Day public holiday
Monday 6School back in session (Languedoc)
Wednesday 8Victory in Europe public holiday
Wednesday 15Cancer Support France Cycle for Life begins
Sunday 19 Cancer Support France Cycle for Life ends
Sunday 26Mothers Day in France
Wednesday 29 Ascension School Holidays begin (nationwide)
Thursday 30 Ascension Day public holiday


Monday 3School back in session (nationwide)
Sunday 9Whit Sunday public holiday
Monday 10Whit Monday public holiday
Friday 21National Festival of Music
Thursday 27Instore and online store summer sales begin


Tuesday 2Carcassonne Music Festival begins
Saturday 6Summer School Holidays begin (nationwide)
Sunday 7Le Tour de France begins
Sunday 14Bastille Day public holiday
Sunday 28Le Tour de France ends
Wednesday 31Carcassonne Music Festival ends


Wednesday 7Instore and online store summer sales end
Thursday 15Assumption Day public holiday


A good time of year to plan a house-hunting trip once the summer holidays have ended!

Monday 2Back to School (nationwide)


Saturday 19All Saints School Holidays begin (nationwide)
Sunday 27At 3am Clocks go backward 1 hour


Friday 1All Saint’s Day public holiday
Monday 4Back to School (nationwide)
Monday 11Armistice Day public holiday


Saturday 21Christmas School Holidays begin (nationwide)
Wednesday 25Christmas Day public holiday


If you have any concerns about French tax declarations, exchanging a driving license or applying for a Carte de Séjour prior to 29 March, please contact us as soon as possible.

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Annette Morris

Annette is Renestance’s 'go to' girl for all things marketing and social media. Bilingual and originally from Surrey in the UK, Annette has lived in France since 2008. In addition to her web design and marketing consultancy, Annette is the founder of Languedoc Jelly (a network of free events across the region for anyone working from home) and also Urban Sketchers Languedoc (part of a global community of people that like to draw or paint on location). A fan of all things French and Franglaise, she also has a Citroen 2CV called Beryl.

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