France famously has a legally mandated 35-hour working week, enshrined in law since 2000. Under the current economic and epidemiological crisis, the country (politicians, newspapers) are rethinking the working week and if that can’t be brought down to 32 hours (or a four-day week).
Whilst people sign contracts for 35 hours in France, most people work more, particularly in the private sector where a 9-5 day, or more, is normal. Even in the public sector, workers can have longer weeks than 35 hours–in both cases, depending on the organisation, workers can claw back overtime in the form of extra days off.
As in other countries, the four-day
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