British fonctionnaires can keep their jobs

There is good news for British teachers and others who are fonctionnaires in France as the government and MPs have backed an amendment to the new Brexit law to allow them to keep this special status afterwards.

This status is normally – by a law called the Loi le Pors – reserved for French and EU/EEA citizens.

When we speak of a fonctionnaire, technically this refers to a fonctionnaire titulaire – a person who works in la fonction publique (public service), with a special civil servant status.

It applies to 1,715 Britons out of a total 5,115 working for the national state, local government or public hospitals. Many of them teach English in state schools and private ones under contract.

Britons in hundreds of other professions, such as nurses, psychologists and hospital managers, are potentially affected by the loss of the status too.

A titulaire has high job security and a clearly-defined pay structure based on seniority and time in the post.

Other public sector workers are contractuels, on less secure work contracts with a salary which is, in theory, negotiated with ...

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