Le jour du Souvenir – The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

Armistice Day is a public holiday in France so post offices, banks, stores and many businesses are closed. Restaurants and cafes outside tourist areas may also be closed.

The armistice of 11 November 1918 marked Germany’s surrender and the end of the First World War. The ceasefire took effect at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

The First World War was of a scale and intensity unknown until then and the 11th of November became a day of remembrance to pay tribute to the soldiers.

Special church services are held to remember those who died in World War I and subsequent wars. Military parades to war memorials and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris are also organized.

In the city center and near war memorials, roads may be closed for parades. Public transport service schedules may vary. Generally the public transportation will follow the Sunday schedule.

What is happening in Lyon ?

  • Les Bibliotheques Municipales offer several activities related to the First World War – expositions, ateliers, conferences and spectacles. If you want to discover how was the life in Lyon during the War, you should definitely come to Part-Dieu Library on 12th November at 6 p.m. and participate to the conference held by professor Fouillet Bruno. For further information and activities please visit the Library’s website.
  • Ceremony at Parc de la Tête d’Or starting at 10 o’clock on 11th


Since the 11th of November is a Tuesday, many French people will do “le pont” (literally – they will make a bridge). “Faire le pont “ means having an extra day off between the week-end and a public holiday day, in this case on Monday 10th, in order to have a longer weekend.

However, Inflexyon will be open on Tuesday 11th Novembre, so make sure that you will not miss your lessons 😉