On 26 April 2019 the law of 25 April 2019 was published in Mémorial A 271. The law has modified:

  • Articles L 232-2 and L 233-3 of the Labour Code; and
  • Article 28-1 of the Modified Law of 16 April 1979 establishing the General Status of Civil Servants.

The new law came into force retroactively with effect from 1 January 2019.

The law has increased the minimum statutory paid leave entitlement from 25 to 26 days a year. It has also declared Europe Day, celebrated annually on 9 May, a statutory public holiday.

Notably, the new law cannot "result in an automatic increase to more favourable statutory or contractual provisions applicable on the date on which it comes into force".(1)


(1) Explanatory statement to Bill 7399.

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