42. French Labor Code overhaul announced – but isn’t it too late?

The French Labor Code is legendary: legendarily long (3800 pages) and legendarily complex. No wonder that President Hollande announced earlier in October that his government would revamp the labor legislation. It was, without a doubt, time. The details were announced this week: the legal workweek would remain 35 hours long, but companies would have some Read More …

40. Here’s why the social conference is a symptom of the Hollande presidency

The 4th social conference of the Hollande presidency took place at the beginning of this week. While it is safe to say that policy-wise there is nothing major to report on (a minor Labor Law “clarification” is promised, though), the social conference is worthy of our attention: it is a symptom and symbol of the Read More …

The CEO’s Compass – French business environment flash report

I am launching a new, regular tool today, called the CEO’s Compass. The issues of this regular business environment flash report will tackle political risks, ongoing legislation, economic and regulative controversies in France – so that companies can always be prepared for what is to come. The CEO’s Compass will be published every 4-5 weeks, Read More …

37. Charlie Hebdo: a clash of civilizations?

In this moment, many Europeans think that Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” thesis was right – especially those who react to the Charlie Hebdo murders the most emotionally. Are they right? Or is it a self-fulfilling prophecy? This is a serious issue we have to debate, openly, honestly, publicly. Muslims, Christians, Atheists… Of course, not everybody refers Read More …

36. Sarkozy, again

A few hours ago, Nicolas Sarkozy announced on Facebook that he would seek the presidency of his party, the UMP. He did not say outright that he wanted to run for President of the Republic again, but evidently, that is the case. His announcement is no surprise, the political elite knew it would come – Read More …

35. Social issues on the plate of President Hollande

With rising unemployment and social tensions in the background, the Monday-Tuesday social conference is going to be at the center of attention this week. Parliamentary work will also focus on issues like the so-called social pact. Moreover, Economic Minister Arnaud Montebourg is about to deliver a highly anticipated speech about growth on Thursday. Here are Read More …