Languages › French The Meaning of Faire le Pont Share Flipboard Email Print Sigi Kolbe / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By Camille Chevalier-Karfis French Language Expert Camille is a teacher and author of many French audiobooks and audio lessons on modern spoken French. She co-created and runs French Today, offering original audio for adult students. our editorial process Camille Chevalier-Karfis Updated July 23, 2019 This expression is very useful since it describes something very French and does not translate well in English. First, let's not mistake "faire le pont" with "faire le point" (with an i) which means to evaluate/ assess a situation. Faire le Pont = to do the Bridge = Yoga Position Literally, "faire le pont" means to do the bridge. So, what could it mean? One of its meaning is a body position in yoga; a backstretch, where you stand on hands and feet with your belly facing up. Faire le Pont = An Extra-Long Weekend The instance when "faire le pont is most used" is to describe a very French specific 4-day long weekend. The holiday is on a Monday or a Friday - like anybody else, the French will have a three-day long weekend. Nothing exceptional here. Here is the French Twist: If the holiday is on a Thursday or a Tuesday, then the French will skip the day separating them from the weekend doing "the bridge" over the weekend. They will, of course, still get paid for it. Schools also do it, and the students have to make up for the extra day off by going to school on a Wednesday (typically off for younger students) or a Saturday - you can imagine the mess it is when your kid is involved in a regular off-school activity such as a sport. Les Ponts du Mois de Mai: May Days Off There are many possible holidays in May: May 1st is Labor Day (la fête du travail)May 8th is the end of WWIIAround mid or end of May, we have a Christian holiday, l’Ascension.Sometimes towards the very end of May, another Christian holiday la Pentecôte If this holiday falls on a Thursday or a Tuesday, les français vont faire le pont (you do need to conjugate Faire to agree with your subject), and everything will be closed for four days! With an extra-long weekend, many French people will take off, and the roads will be quite busy as well.