A long weekend
When I first heard the expression “faire le pont” I thought it was something to do with walking across a bridge. When lots of people started saying it I thought the French were obsessed with bridges.
In fact “faire le pont” means a long weekend. In France, public holidays can be on any day of the week. If the public holiday is on a Wednesday or Thursday for example, many French people take an extra day or two off as holiday to “bridge” the gap from the public holiday to the weekend. However, if the public holiday is during the weekend, it’s lost!
In Britain, we normally have our bank holidays (public holidays) on a Monday so we have a long weekend anyway. If the bank holiday is on the weekend, we just move it to Monday. It’s better don’t you think?