SO just how much does it cost to employ a worker in France? According to the German statistics office it is €34.90 per hour, the fourth most expensive in Europe.
With questions being asked about the competitiveness of France compared to others, the study of the private sector cost per hour puts the country behind Sweden, Belgium and Denmark.
And France is around €4 an hour more expensive than Germany, but €13 an hour more expensive than the UK and €14 an hour more than Spain.
The cost of employing workers in France has been often raised as a key element in putting a brake on the economy, ensuring those in work gain while those outside struggle to find work.
Late last year the former head of aerospace giant EADS, Louis Gallois, produced a detailed report which put forward 22 measures to improve French business and cut €30bn off payroll taxes.
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