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as of April 2022, and covering calendar year 2022 France public holidays,
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Below is this list of France public holidays news and updates.
France Presidential Candidate Proposes Declaring Another Annual Public Holiday
LCI (Paris) - The French far left presidential candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has proposed adding a new annual public holiday in France, if he is elected, and subsequently gets a majority in the parliamentary elections.
LCI (Paris) - The French government is reportedly, once again, considering the conversion of another public holiday into a working public holiday to finance long-term dependency of the elderly population.
Le Monde (Paris) - France's National Assembly has voted the Bareigts amendment to the omnibus Macron economic growth bill currently being considered, which would allow the replacement of 7 of the 11 Fench annual public holidays by more local (ie. Muslim and Hindu) annual non-working public holidays.
Le Figaro (Paris) - France's main employers' union (MEDEF), in a document widely believed to have been leaked by the current ruling socialist party ahead of tomorrow's vote of confidence, has proposed that 2 of France's public holidays be dropped.
Le Figaro (Paris) - France's Constitutional Court (le Conseil Constitutionnel) has rejected an attempt by the ruling Socialist Party to abrogate the "Concordat" which affords 2 additional non-working public holidays to 3 of France's administrative departments (Alsace and Moselle).
L'usine nouvelle (Paris) - France's association of Human Resources Managers (ANDRH) has proposed the cancellation of 3 of France's annual Christian public holidays in an effort to promote diversity in the workplace.
Le Figaro (Paris) - France's National Assembly have overwhelmingly voted to approve a law which would amend the November 11 annual Armistice non-working public holiday into a public holiday commemorating France's dead in all past conflicts.
TF1 News (Paris) - French EELV presidential candidate, Eva Joly, has promised to declare Yom Kippur and the Feast of Sacrifice as non-working public holidays in France if she is elected President of France on May 6, 2012.
AFP (Paris) - It has been reported that, following the lead of Luxembourg's Prime Minister, France's European Affairs Secrétaire d'Etat, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, is about to propose that the May 8 public holiday commemorating the end of World War II be replaced by May 9, the Day of Europe.
France's Parliament To Debate May 9th Public Holiday
AFP + Le Figaro - France's Prime Minister, François Fillon, recently indicated that Parliament would consider making May 9th an annual public holiday in France (most likely replacing the current May 8th public holiday).
EJP (European Jewish Press) - The Jewish festival of Shavuot has been added to the Journal Officiel (the government's gazette). This does not mean that Shavuot festival will become a general public holiday in France, but as the festival falls in May or June annually (at the time of school final exams) Jewish students will now be allowed to take exams at different dates.
France's Whit Monday Public Holiday Back In The Limelight
Le Monde - In a report he submitted late last week, Eric Besson, the Minister in Charge of the Evaluation of Public Policies, proposed that the Whitmonday public holiday be re-instated in France, and that each business be allowed to choose the public holiday it wishes to work on.
France's Whit Monday Public Holiday Unlikely To Return
Q++ Blog (April 7) - Last night's victory by center-right presidential candidate, Nicolas Sarkozy, means that the restoration of the Whit Monday public holiday (one of the Socialist Party's Manifesto promises), is unlikely.
Le Figaro (Paris) - Part of France's Socialist Party "projet" which is supposed to be binding upon its chosen presidential candidate, contains the promise to re-instate Whit Monday as a public holiday in France.
Reuters - French Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, announced that French workers will give up one day-off a year (either on a public holiday or another non-work day) to raise nine billion euros to improve state care for the elderly and disabled.