Daylight saving time is common across Europe, but it has been almost abolished for countries in the European Union, as the European Parliament voted in 2019 to end the practice.
According to the proposal, 2021 was supposed to be the last year of the clock change.
Had the plans been successful, France would have changed the clocks for the last time in March of this year, with next October the scheduled end date for other EU countries.
However, the decision was delayed due to the Covid pandemic, with the crisis preventing negotiations between the European Parliament and the European Council.
Green MP Karima Delli has since said ending daylight saving time is no longer on the European Council’s agenda, according to HuffPost.
A 2019 citizen consultation in France, which gathered around two million responses, found that 80% of participants were in favor of eliminating daylight saving time, with 59% preferring to stay in daylight saving time.
The feeling is similar across Europe. In 2018, 84% of Europeans declared themselves against daylight saving time in a poll organized by the European Commission, in which 4.6 million Europeans participated.
France first introduced daylight saving time in 1916 and it remained in place until 1945.
It was then reintroduced after a 30-year hiatus in 1976 due to the oil crisis of 1973. At the time, energy prices were skyrocketing, so the government decreed that having an extra hour of natural sun during the day would help reduce electricity consumption.
Since then, the French have changed their clocks twice a year, every year.
In 2022, France will return to summer time on the night of Saturday March 26 to Sunday 27.