increase the 35-hour workweek;
raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 (planned for 2017) or beyond;
reduce paid vacation time;
allow shops to open on Sundays (currently only 12 Sundays a year);
allow greater competition.
All the above have been debated and rejected by center-right and socialist governments alike, generally to appease those who warn of an "Americanization" of France and a decline of its vaunted standard of living. So what other solutions are there?
|Anne Hidalgo (L) and Ségolène Royal|