France wants to try the introduction of a shortened working week in public administration. The newspaper L'Opinion, citing Public Finance Minister Gabriel Attal, reported that the four-day week would be tested for a year by employees at the social security agency in northern Picardy.
"The 35-hour week in four days (...) that can mean less time in public transport, less stress and ultimately more well-being at work," Attal was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
Many people also want more freedom in organizing their work, he said. According to Attal, there are already around 10,000 workers in the free economy in France who are testing a shortened working week. In France, the standard weekly working time is 35 hours.
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