Should we keep changing clocks twice a year?

The European Commission has proposed ending the custom of changing clocks twice a year, as has happened in every European country since 1998.

The project is being negotiated and still has to get approval from the European Council and Parliament before each country decides if it wants a constant winter or summer time for 2021.

The first time France changed its clocks was in 1916. An hour was added in the summer to save energy.

During World War Two, another hour was added to be on the same time as Germany but in 1945 France returned to GMT+1. In 1976, after the oil shock, President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing chose to add an hour during summer to save energy again.

In a consultation in February, more than half (55%) of French people voted for summer time. Portugal and Poland ...

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