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 …