A much-trumpeted reform of professional training is being examined by French MPs this week as part of the government’s bid to tackle unemployment. But one largely overlooked proposal to change the operational structure of workplace inspectors – the officials who enforce health and safety at work – has provoked industrial action. These inspectors fear the reform will take away their independence and make their managers vulnerable to influence from unscrupulous companies and politicians. They cite the case of one young woman inspector who was put under pressure to go soft on one major firm and ended up taking prolonged sick leave suffering from stress. Rachida El Azzouzi reports.