Common preconceptions about French employment law – It’s impossible to fire employees!

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Some foreign investors are reluctant to set-up a business in France. And the reason is fairly simple.
They often believe wrongly that French employees only work 35 hours in a week, never starting before 10 AM, and taking a 2-hour lunch break every day.

Such a preconception is false and working time in France is quite flexible:

  • First, employees can work overtime.
  • Secondly, working hours can be adjusted over a year and even up to three years, which allows companies to adapt working time to peaks and lows in activity.
  • Thirdly, working time can be calculated in days over the year, which avoids to pay overtime.
  • Finally, the applicable industry-wide agreement can give leverage and flexibility in the organization of working time.


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