France puts the brakes on 35-hour workweek

French workers can now put in up to 13 hours of overtime a week
||Last Updated: 05/31/2005

In a move designed to keep its economy competitive and to create more jobs, France has voted to relax the rules around its 35-hour workweek.

Workers will now be able to work up to 13 hours of overtime for a total of 48 hours a week, the maximum allowed by the European Union.

French workers hadn’t been clamouring for more hours on the job. In a national survey, only 18 per cent said they were interested in working more hours for more pay. But employers said the short work week had failed to create jobs and was uncompetitive.