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Facts about summer/ete in France


Summer in France officially starts on 21 June which is also the longest day of the year in France.  It also the day the Fête de la Musique begins - that day is now known as World Music Day, it is the music festival now celebrated all over the world but started in France. Many free concerts are organised as part of music festivals around France.

Summer in France is a time for holidays for the French (and many foreign tourists) with the French going to one of its many beach resorts (three quarters of the country is coastline). Popular spots include Ile de Re and the Riviera. There is also a fake beach set up in Paris on the banks of the Seine during August. Other waterside spots (lakes, rivers) are also popular.

Summer also has the highest concentration of festivals and events. It's the time of two of the major events of the year in France, the Tour de France and Bastille Day. While nearly every town will have some summer festival/s, other major events include the Le Mans motor car race in June and the Avignon Festival during July.

In August, the French traditionally take their holidays. So you may find some shops closed for the first half of August. Northern France tends to migrate south from mid July and Bastille Day to mid-August. See statistics about the French and their summer holidays

Read an article about our summer trip to France.

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