Apparently If You Work Too Hard In France, They Fine You

Joe Welkie
a man in France was fined for refusing to take a day off
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People are constantly talking about how they work too hard. They will often complain about how they need more vacation days, and how they hate their job. It’s pretty common. Well, if that sounds like you, I would suggest you move to France. Why? Because a man in France was fined for refusing to take a day off. That’s right, a man refused to shut his bakery down for a day, and the law got involved.

a man in France was fined for refusing to take a day off

Cédric Vaivre insisted that his shop, the Boulangerie du Lac, stay open every day during the summer, and the local government issued him a fine of €3,000 because of it. Now locals are fighting against the law with a petition because they are such big fans of Vaivre’s work and his bakery.

a man in France was fined for refusing to take a day off

The town’s mayor, Christian Branle, is even in the shop owner’s corner. “In a tourist area, it seems essential that a business can open every day during the summer. There’s nothing worse than closed shops when there are tourists,” Branle told newspaper L’Est Eclair.

a man in France was fined for refusing to take a day off

The petition has nearly 2,000 signatures already, and it seems to be growing. Apparently the fine still stands, which has led to a lot of stress from Vaivre, who claims, “We just want to open like this during the summer, not all the year.”

a man in France was fined for refusing to take a day off

Either way, I’m thinking of moving to northern France now so I’m forced to take days off. Sounds like a good deal.

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