Covid-19: French Government digs deep to save jobs

Gardeners who can’t work at employers’ homes can get chomâge partiel

Home working, or télétravail, is the first recourse for four in 10 employees, with the recent pensions strikes disruption showing that eight million people in private businesses should be able to work from home

Alongside the fight to save lives in the war on coronavirus, the government is also battling to save the under-pressure French economy.

Thousands of businesses, large and small, and millions of jobs are at risk.

Economy minister Bruno Le Maire said on TV it promised to be a “violent” and “long war”, needing every weapon possible, with France going into a probable recession and at least a 1% drop in GDP.

The first weapon is €45billion of direct funds for business and jobs, alongside a €300billion guarantee to cover business bank loans and keep them afloat... and to shore up banks.

Workers and apprentices whose jobs are affected will be helped after President Macron announced “exceptional and massive” financing to avoid lay-offs, although no legal ban.

This aid will let firms bring in chômage partiel, or lay-offs, and part-time working, which may help a quick restart once the virus menace is past.

Using state cash, companies will pay staff 70% of their usual gross pay – or about 84% of net – with no one getting less than the Smic minimum wage of €1,219 or ...

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