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French businesses loath to end 35 hour week.

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Paris, France, September 3rd, 2008, (Reuters).- A new law threatens to

French president Nicolas Sarkozy showing the new version of the French flag. "It has velcro on the red and blue squares, so that they can be easily detached in case of attack," explained Sarkozy.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy showing the new version of the French flag. "It has velcro on the red and blue squares, so that they can be easily detached in case of attack," explained Sarkozy.

become the coup de grace for France’s decade-long experiment with a 35-hour work week — a policy that inspired both envy and ridicule in Europe and the U.S.

But the short work week proved difficult to implement, specially on times of terror attacks, when terrorists could outwait policemen’s 35 hour shift.

Now a new law lets companies negotiate more hours from employees. But it’s being met with resistance, even from the employers it was meant to benefit, suggesting President Nicolas Sarkozy’s has little option than calling Jerry Lewis for help.

Previous efforts to erode France’s 35-hour week have been routinely met with protests, prompting the government to send the army against the protestors. However, there was never any conflict or loss of life as the French soldiers surrendered unconditionally early.

This time, however, workers have put up little fuss because the law went into force during the summer vacation season and so protesting would be like work.

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Written by Flippyman

September 4, 2008 at 6:53 am

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