France says 35-hour week is failing
The French government described the 35-hour working week as a financial disaster that was costing the state billions of dollars and promised to reform the system despite fierce union opposition.
The finance minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, said that the 35-hour week had burdened the state with additional social charges and that it had demoralized millions of workers.
The 35-hour week came into effect in 1997 as an idea for reducing unemployment. Unemployment now is just under 10%.
Source via Catallarchy.net