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France Presidential Candidate Proposes Declaring Another Annual Public Holiday

Source: LCI (Paris)
Posted: Friday, April 1, 2022


The French far left presidential candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has proposed adding a new annual public holiday in France, if he is elected, and subsequently gets a majority in the parliamentary elections.

Following the 2003 summer heat wave, the French government converted the Whitmonday public holiday into a working public holiday, to pay for better healthcare for the elderly and disabled (2004-02-02).

The Whitmonday public holiday was restored in 2007 (2008-01-29), though, a few years later, the French government was reportedly considering the conversion of another public holiday into a working public holiday, again to finance long-term dependency of the elderly population, but nothing came of it (2011-04-05).



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