France's 35-hour working week 'most effective pro-employment measure since the 1970s'


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More than 14 years after the law fixing a 35-hour working week was introduced in France, the fiery debate over this emblematic reform of the 1997-2002 socialist government of prime minister Lionel Jospin continues to occupy the political centre stage. While the Right accuses it of being at the heart of many of the problems encountered by the French economy, the law is now also contested among some of the ruling Socialist Party’s ranks.