Poor Sad Tired Over-Worked Frogs
Looks like the frogs may have to actually work, which is sure to inhibit a lot of the amplexus they so love:
FRANCE ANNOUNCES MAJOR RELAXATION OF SOCIALISTS' 35-HOUR WEEK
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin on Thursday announced a major relaxation of the controversial 35-hour working week, the key socialist reform that has come under attack for helping create the country's stubbornly high unemployment.
At a televised news conference in Paris, Raffarin unveiled a government action plan dubbed "Contract France 2005", whose main provision is to make it easier for staff and companies to get round the last left-wing administration's compulsory cut in working hours.
Introduced in 1998 by then prime minister Lionel Jospin, the law is blamed by the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) of President Jacques Chirac for forcing up the cost of labour, while many French workers are frustrated by their inability to earn more by working longer hours.
Under Raffarin's proposals, which he said will be put into law early next year, the number of overtime hours employees can work per year will be increased from 180 to 220. In addition businesses will be able to strike separate deals with the workforce for even more overtime.
Employees will also be encouraged to "sell back" the compensatory days off that they earn if they work more than 35 hours a week. Known as RTT days, these will be more easily convertible for cash payments or improved pension rights.
Chirac has indicated that he is reluctant to repeal completely the 35-hour law, which he has said is now an "acquis" or an acquired right, but Raffarin's initiative appeared aimed at voiding the regulation of as much substance as possible.
"It will be a new situation for working times in our country," Raffarin said at the press conference.