Recharging your batteries: France’s love of public holidays
23 July 2020 | 9:00 am
France is famous for its great summer vacation, but French schoolchildren and employees are also spoiled throughout the year with a series of public holidays. How many of these "jours fériés" are there? With all this time off, how can the French get anything done? We take a closer look in this edition of French Connections.
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