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Living and working in France

Eurofound provides research, data and analysis on a wide range of social and work-related topics. This information is largely comparative, but also offers country-specific information for each of the EU Member States. This page contains information, research and data for France.

Country profile

Working life in France - Highlights

A deep crisis of trust between the government and the trade unions marked 2023 in France. All the trade unions, in a rare move in France, formed a united front against the pension reform to raise the statutory retirement age from 62 years to 64 years. Despite the unpopularity of the measure, large demonstrations in cities and the lack of a majority supporting the measure in parliament, the reform was passed on 14 April. This reform was the culmination of the mistrust of the social partners, in particular the trade unions, in the government and the President of the Republic.



Life satisfaction

Data source: 2016 EQLS survey


Ability to choose or change methods of work

Data source: 2015 EWCS survey


Possibility to accumulate overtime for days off

Data source: 2013 ECS survey

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Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch database collects national level policy measures on various topics.

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Restructuring events in France

The restructuring events database contains factsheets with data on large-scale restructuring events reported in the principal national media and company websites in each EU Member State.


Correspondents in France

Correspondents report on topics related to developments in the country's working life and inform Eurofound’s pan-European comparative analysis. Read more

Consortium IR Share and Association Travail, Emploi, Europe, Société (ASTREES)


Eurofound Management Board members from France

Eurofound's Management Board is made up of representatives of the social partners and national governments of all Member States, European Commission representatives and an independent expert appointed by the European Parliament. Read more

Nathalie Vaysse Ministry of Labour, Full Employment and Integration

Sébastien Darrigrand European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP)

Charles Parmentier French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT) 


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