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French firms 'can opt out' of 35-hour week

The French Senate has voted to allow employers to opt out of the country’s 35-hour workweek, a significant change to an employment law much loved by French workers. President Sarkozy’s government urged lawmakers to approve the changes proposed in the bill. The measure passed the Senate on Wednesday night. Support came from the UMP party of President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has aimed to make working time more flexible, and the New Center party, Le Monde newspaper reported. Full Story

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