General information on France
France has four distinct climatic zones.
Local 7-day forecasts can be found at www.meteo.fr/meteonet and are updated three times a day. As the day approaches, you get a more detailed report.
- Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters in the South of France;
- Intermediate climate with hot summers and cold winters in the North, also including Paris and central regions;
- Semi-continental climate with hot summers and harsh winters in the mountainous massifs (Massif Central, Pyrenees, Alps), Alsace, Lorraine, and the Rhone corridor;
- Oceanic, humid climate with cool summers to the west of a line from Bayonne to Lille.
Summer Time, Winter Time
Summer Time, where the French time changes from GMT +1 to GMT +2, starts the last Sunday in March at 02:00. Summer Time ends on the last Sunday in October at 03:00, when the time goes from GMT +2 back to GMT +1.
HolidaysPublic HolidaysJanuary 1May 1May 8Easter MondayAscension DayWhit MondayJuly 14August 15November 1November 11December 25On these public holidays, most stores, businesses, government offices, and banks are closed. Most of the museums and monuments, as well as restaurants, remain open.