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Sarkozy Policies Killed 35-Hour Week

April 16, 2012

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said his policies have effectively killed the 35-hour work week.

“It has been abolished,” Sarkozy said in an interview on France 2 television, six days before the first round of presidential elections.

Sarkozy, who is trailing in polls behind Socialist Francois Hollande, was asked why he hadn’t repealed the work-week limit instituted by a Socialist government in 2000. He responded that his government had in effect eliminated the law by extending the number of overtime hours allowed and not taxing overtime work.

Sarkozy said nine million workers were using the extensions.

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