France doubles paid paternity leave to 28 days, one of the most generous plans in Europe


In Germany, all parents can take up to 14 months of paid leave, which can be shared between the two members of a couple. Sweden has a similar system, with couples being allowed to share up to 480 days of parental leave.

In the United States, surveys suggest that nine in ten fathers take time off work after the birth or adoption of a child, but 70 percent take no more than 10 days.

Fathers in France have been able to take paternity leave since 2002, and estimates show that 70% of them do, according to data highlighted in Mr Cyrulnik’s report. But those without a stable job or long-term employment contract tend to give it up, according to a 2018 report by the General Administration of Social Affairs, a French government agency. While 80% of fathers on long-term contracts take paternity leave, according to the report, only 47% of those on temporary contracts do so.

Mr Macron’s government has said it hopes to reduce this inequality by introducing a mandatory week of paid paternal leave for every new father, a move that feminist organizations have criticized as insufficient. Companies that fail to meet the requirement will face a fine of € 7,500 (approximately $ 8,700) per employee.

Although Mr Macron vowed upon his election in 2017 to make gender equality a priority of his five-year term, France has seen a record number of women dying at the hands of a domestic partner in recent years. . Mr. Macron also stoked feminists’ anger by appointing a politician who had previously been accused of rape as interior minister, and for appointing a lawyer known for his sexist remarks as justice minister.


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