vacances scolaires -- or ignore it at your peril.
But even as a some-time traveler to France, it's helpful to know when a given area will be on vacation.
Vacation times can affect everything from hotel/apartment rental prices to when you might be able to get together with friends who live in France. From experience, I can say that a majority are not at home when it is school vacation!
Divided into Zones A, B, and C, the school vacations are designed so that not all of France is on vacation at the same time. Paris/Ile de France, for example, is Zone C (purple), with winter break February 12- 28. Zone A (yellow), including Brittany and much of south-central France, will have its winter break February 26 - March 14. And so on.
So check the handy map and plan accordingly.
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