France didn’t actually ban work email after 6 pm — but what did happen is still really funny

France didn’t actually ban work email after 6 pm — but what did happen is still really funny

Yesterday, the Guardian’s Lucy Mangan reported an agreement had been signed by unions and employers in France that will require “a million” employees to switch off their work phones “after 6 p.m.”

Now the entire French media sphere is going in on correcting the report.

“The legend of the ban on work emails after 6 p.m.,” LeMonde screamed.

“France did not ban workers from sending emails after 6 p.m.,” Slate.fr said.

“Oh my God, those Frenchies banned work emails after 6 p.m.,” Rue89 a ironisé.

While the story was wrong, as you’ll see, this doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to laugh at what actually happened.

France’s administrative court recently ruled that tech workers’ right to health and rest was not sufficiently protected by existing laws.

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