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Father's Day in France

In a similar fashion to Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day is celebrated in France. Held on the third Sunday in June, it celebrates and honors the role of fathers in shaping and building families.

Is Father's Day a Public Holiday?

Father's Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, June 16, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in France.

Father smiling at gift-giving daughter.
Dad gets a special treat from his daughter on Fathers' Day, which is celebrated on the third Sunday June in France.
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Celebrate Fathers' Day

Fathers are given presents such as chocolates and homemade gifts, including paintings and handwritten poems. Some families celebrate the day by eating out, while others stay at home to prepare a special meal. The holiday is also celebrated in other countries worldwide.

Public Life

Fathers' Day is an observance and not an official public holiday in France.

About Fathers' Day

The French observance of Father’s Day can be traced back the celebration of St Joseph’s Day on March 19, which also recognized fathers. However, in 1952 an official decree was made to recognize Fathers’ Day on the third Sunday of June each year in France.

About Father's Day in other countries

Read more about Father's Day.

Father's Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010SunJun 20Father's DayObservance
2011SunJun 19Father's DayObservance
2012SunJun 17Father's DayObservance
2013SunJun 16Father's DayObservance
2014SunJun 15Father's DayObservance
2015SunJun 21Father's DayObservance
2016SunJun 19Father's DayObservance
2017SunJun 18Father's DayObservance
2018SunJun 17Father's DayObservance
2019SunJun 16Father's DayObservance
2020SunJun 21Father's DayObservance

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