France ending 35-hour work week

France ending 35-hour work week

[JURIST] French lawmakers are expected on Tuesday to strike the final blow to the nation's maligned 35-hour work week [JURIST report], ending the national experiment lauded by workers but criticized as a drain on the country's economy. With national unemployment at 10 percent [Wikipedia entry], lawmakers say that the legislation, which was originally intended to force mass hiring, has failed in its goals and may have actually hurt living standards by leading to a wage freeze as a result of lost labor. A bill restoring a 39-hour work week is expected to be approved, even garnering support from labor interests and factory workers despite massive protests and outcry from now-deposed Socialist politicians who ushered in the shorter labor period. AP has more.