Faire le pont

Festive French Expression

Faire le pont
Share / Tweet / Pin Me!
Meaning to take a four-day weekend
Literally to make the bridge
Register normal
Pronunciation French sound files [fehr leu po(n)]
IPA   [fɜʀ lə pɔ̃]

Usage notes: For Americans, a long weekend is typically three days: either Friday or Monday tacked onto the regular weekend. When holidays fall on Tuesday or Thursday, most people still have to work and go to school on that Monday or Friday. The major exception is Thanksgiving, when schools, government offices, and many businesses close for four days, making a "bridge" over Friday.

In France, this holiday bridge is far more common – so much so that there’s an expression for it. Basically any time a public holiday falls on Tuesday or Thursday, students and many workers font le pont, which means that there are several four-day weekends throughout the year.

Par exemple…

Le 1er mai tombe un mardi, génial ! On peut faire le pont.   May 1st (Labor Day) falls on Tuesday, great! We can have a four-day weekend.
Je ne fais pas le pont cette fois, j’ai trop de travail à faire.   I’m not taking a long weekend this time, I have too much work to do.

  In gymnastics, wrestling, and yoga, faire le pont means "to do the crab" or "to bridge," the position where you lie on your back and then arch your body so that your torso is rounded while your hands and feet stay on the ground.

Related expressions

  • faire le pont à quelqu’un – to help someone get over/past a difficulty
  • faire un pont d’or à quelqu’un – to offer someone a fortune to take a job

 Related lessons

 Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

Faire le pont

Stay up to date with Lawless French

Questions about French?

 Visit the Progress with Lawless French Q+A forum to get help from native French speakers and fellow learners.

More Lawless French

 Subscribe to my twice-weekly newsletter.

Support Lawless French

  This free website is created with love and a great deal of work.

If you love it, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation.

Your support is entirely optional but tremendously appreciated.

Leave a Reply