French workers are in a daze! The government mandated 35-hour work week in France has been scrapped.
People having lots of free time and tons of vacation days proved to be tough on the economy — go figure.
France originally limited the work week to 35 hours in an attempt to lower the unemployment rate. The thinking, or lack thereof, behind it was this: Any overtime would force an employer to hire more staff instead of just pay fewer people to work longer.
If that sounds like a good idea, consider this: If making up ground on a high unemployment rate can be solved by lowering the number of hours worked per person, at what point does that become a stupid idea (hint: at any point, as the French discovered).
If 35 hours a week doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t lower the unemployment rate enough, assume that the next great idea in socialist theory will be to have a 20 hour per week maximumÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ then ten hoursÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ then five hours. The decline in working hours will continue until nobody is working at all — Somehow, in their minds, this would achieve full employment.
And there are people who want to try this in the U.S. Sacre bleu!