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French facts about work

Standard working hours are 35 hours per week (reduced from 39 hours in 2000)

French citizens are entitled to five weeks annual leave a year; a survey data found Australians take half the amount of annual leave than the French 16.5 compared to 34.5 days a year.

French now work 24% less than in 1970, compared to those in the US who work 20% more

Many protests were held when Sarkosy increased the retirement age from 60 to 62 years in 2010

France loses more than 100 days of work a year through strikes for every 1,000 employees.

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