On Wednesday, President Emmanuel Macron will announce a doubling of the leave granted to fathers from 1 July 2021. The measure will be financed by social security at a cost that has also doubled and is estimated at more than € 500 million. .
The length of the paternity period in France will double and increase to 28 days, said Elysee on Tuesday, September 22, allowing the country, a time at the top of the subject, to be part of its delay compared to the best European students.
When France created paternity leave in 2002 – 11 days in addition to the three-day birthday – it was in front of most of its neighbors. But since then, many European countries have taken more generous action.
“This reform will enable France to move from a median position in Europe to a peloton of leading countries, with Spain, Sweden, Norway and Portugal,” the Presidency emphasized.
“Time is an important factor in creating an important link between the child and the parents. At present, this 14-day period is too short,” Elysee added, acknowledging that for President Emmanuel Macron it is an “extremely consistent reform” because “80% of the population is for “.
The head of state must reject the measure on Wednesday during a trip on the theme of early childhood to a PMI center (mother and child protection) in Longjumeau (Essonne).
An action financed by social security
The extension of paternity leave will be financed by social insurance at a cost that is also doubled and estimated at more than EUR 500 million over a full year. The three birthdays are always paid for by the employer. The other 25 days are compensated by social security.
Several births (twins, triplets …) give the court, which today, for another seven days, explained the entourage of children and family secretary Adrien Taquet.
The unit will be shown in the Social Insurance Financing Bill (PLFSS), which will soon be presented to the Council of Ministers. It is expected to enter into force on July 1, 2021.
The issue of “social justice”
“A mandatory part of this leave will be introduced” which “still needs to be fixed with the social partners”, Elysee specifies. Companies that do not fulfill this obligation would be fined EUR 7,500.
The aim is to encourage more fathers to take advantage of paternity leave, especially those with precarious status. Currently, 67% of fathers use paternity leave, a figure that has changed very little since its inception and hides strong social inequalities: 80% of employees with permanent contracts do so, but less than 60% of those with fixed-term contracts.
“We have a large share in justice and social justice,” insists Emouruel Macron’s entourage.
The aim is also to promote equality between women and men, as parental responsibility still lies largely with mothers. “We’re trying to reconcile the leave between the two parents,” says one at the Elysee. Maternity leave can take up to 16 weeks for a first or second child.
If it doubles the length of the paternity period, the CEO is below the conclusions of the Cyrulnik Commission on the “first 1000 days” of the newborn, which was installed in September 2019 by Emmanuel Macron, who had recommended extending to nine weeks paternity leave.
“Doubling is already a pretty massive change in terms of cultural development and for the place of fathers with the child. This makes it possible to change the view of society,” it is assumed at the Elysee Palace.
Other measures decided after the publication of the Cyrulnik report in favor of support for young children and their parents “will be announced later”, the Presidency adds.