Source: Le Figaro (Paris)
France's main employers' union (MEDEF), in a document widely believed to have been leaked by the current ruling socialist party ahead of tomorrow's vote of confidence, has proposed that 2 of France's public holidays be dropped.
Three years ago (05-Apr-2011), we had reported that the previous French government was reportedly considering the conversion of another public holiday into a working public holiday to finance long-term dependency of the elderly population.
Following the 2003 summer heat wave, in 2004, the French government converted the Whitmonday public holiday into a working public holiday, to bring in more tax revenues to pay for better healthcare for the elderly and disabled (02-Feb-2004).
However, this was a major political miscalculation, as French opinion turned "en masse" against this gesture of solidarity, and after much hesitation (07-Apr-2007, 07-May-2007, 24-May-2007 and 19-Dec-2007), the Whitmonday public holiday was finally restored in 2007 (29-Jan-2008).
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