Fillon tells the French they are going to have to work harder

The embattled François Fillon reaffirmed on Monday how he plans to revive France, including ending the 35-hour work week and cutting 500,000 public sector jobs. Opponents have slammed his project as a “purge”.

Fillon, who is expected to be charged this week over the fake jobs scandal that has derailed his election campaign, unveiled “Project Fillon” at a press conference on Monday.

Fillon has promised in the past a complete “rupture” in order to shake France’s economy out of the doldrums and on Monday he reaffirmed several of his most controversial plans for France.

In a promise that may anger French voters, Fillon promised transparency for all MPs and will force them to make public any family links they have to their parliamentary assistants.

To “prevent conflicts of interest and (ensure) the proper use of public funds”, ministers would be required to sign a code of conduct, the Republicans candidate said.

Vowing to move quickly, he promised: “Within the first weeks, everyone in France will see that something unprecedented is happening.”

Notably Fillon is sticking by his plan to ditch France’s famous 35-hour work week by gradually raising it to 39 hours in the public sector. In the private sector Fillon says companies should be free to set their own working hours through negotiations with workers.

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Source By https://www.thelocal.fr

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