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 Monday January 1
Easter Monday on Monday April 2
Fête du Travail on Tuesday May 1
1945 Armistice on Tuesday May 8
Ascension on Thursday May 10
Pentecôte Monday on Monday May 21
Fête Nationale (Bastille Day) on Saturday July 14
Assomption on Wednesday August 15
Toussaint on Thursday November 1
1918 Armistice on Sunday November 11
Christmas Day on Tuesday December 25.