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France Mulls Cancelling Another Public Holiday

Source: LCI (Paris)
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2019


The French government is reportedly, once again, 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 (2004-02-02). However, this was a major political miscalculation, and the Whitmonday public holiday was restored in 2007 (2008-01-29).

A few years later, the 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 (2011-04-05), but nothing came of it.


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