In 1998, France reduced the work week from 39 hours to 35 hours with no loss of pay to workers, with the goal of reducing unemployment and allowing workers more personal time. This law has been controversial, with many believing it has not achieved its goals and has hurt France’s competitiveness. Current president Sarkozy has made promises to end the 35-hour work week, advancing a work more/earn more view. To that end, France’s government has adopted legislation easing restrictions on overtime, and another measure is expected to make it easier for companies to negotiate longer work weeks. However, in the face of some fierce opposition, president Sarkozy retreated in May from his previous promises and confirmed that the work week will remain 35 hours. Although the partially watered-down 35-hour work week seems secure for now, it remains to be seen how long the government can keep up its political acrobatics on this controversial issue.