An increasing number of holidays are being taken, yet 21 million French people do not go away on holiday
In 2004, two in three French people went away on holiday. This proportion was beginning to grow again following a standstill during the 1990s. The elderly, particularly young retired people, took the most holidays. More people were taking winter breaks and foreign holidays. The number and length of holidays noticeably increased, whilst the average length of holiday remained stable. Reduced working hours have had little influence on this new behaviour. But 21 million people did not go away on holiday, with 8 million citing financial reasons. Although access to holidays is becoming more widespread, there are still significant differences according to standards of living.