One advantage of the long weekends is that they should help boost tourism numbers especially if the weather plays nice and the sun shines.
It is also important to remember that businesses and many public offices will be closed on these days, so it will be important to plan ahead.
The public holidays in France are:
New Year on Sunday January 1
Easter Monday on April 17
Fête du Travail on Monday May 1
1945 Armistice on Monday May 8
Ascension on Thursday May 25
Pentecôte Monday on June 5
Fête Nationale (Bastille Day) on Friday July 14
Assomption on Tuesday August 15
Toussaint on Wednesday November 1
1918 Armistice on Saturday November 11
Christmas Day on Monday December 25.