Hooray for return of the 4-day week!

As I am a mother of five, you might expect me to be punching the air at the prospect of the rentrée – and it will be nice to have time for a cup of tea before it is cold, and work without a child climbing the back of my chair.

At the same time, a part of me feels a little flat when the kids traipse off to l’école, sporting shiny shoes and new backpacks. They might drive me up the wall at times, but in term time when they virtually disappear into their world of lessons, homework and earlier nights, life is the duller for it.

That’s one of the reasons I’m delighted the Macron government has given communes the chance to reinstate the four-day week for children, doing away ...

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