The French take their national holidays seriously - rightly so - but so should you if you're travelling there.
You can find that, in a lot of areas of France, towns and villages completely shut down on their 'jours fériés' - particularly in more rural spots. But instead of being caught out with no snacks or, more importantly, on that important day of stocking up on the wine for homecoming, take note of this summer's big public holidays.
They are NOT to be avoided as the French know how to celebrate so it's a great country to be in when they are doing what they do so well, but just better to be warned...
Thursday 29th May - ASCENSION
Sunday 8th June - PENTECOST / WHITSUNDAY
Monday 9th June - PENTECOST / WHIT MONDAY
Monday 14th July - BASTILLE DAY
Friday 15th August - ASSUMPTION
Thursday 5th & Friday 6th June - Not a national holiday but worth noting - the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings will take place 5th & 6th June 2014. There will be some road closures in Normany so check the Foreign Office website if travelling at this time - https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/travel-advice-for-the-70th-anniversary-of-the-normandy-landings