France considers compulsory paternity leave for new fathers – National


PARIS – The French president wants to extend paternity leave to one month – and force fathers to take leave with their newborns.President Emmanuel Macron announced the plan on Instagram before going to a daycare on Wednesday.

“When a baby comes into the world, there is no reason it should be just the mom who cares. It is important to have greater equality in the sharing of responsibilities, ”Macron said, stressing the importance of“ intimate ”moments early in a child’s life.

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Currently, fathers or other partners in France can take up to 14 days of sick leave after the birth of a child. Macron’s government wants to extend this to 28 days, with daily allowances paid by the French health insurance system – and make it compulsory for at least a week.

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New French mothers are entitled to at least 16 weeks of leave for a first child with daily allowances from the State. From the third child, they are entitled to 26 weeks. In any case, they should last at least eight weeks.

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Several European countries have more extensive parental benefits than France, although compulsory maternity or paternity leave is unusual.

Seeing men pushing strollers is common in Sweden, where new parents are entitled to 480 days of paid leave, and each parent has the exclusive right to 90 of those days. Other European countries have a similar system where partners can share parental leave.

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