ELYSEE PALACE, PARIS, FRANCESEPTEMBER 23, 2020SOURCE: COMPTE INSTAGRAM D'EMMANUEL MACRONRESTRICTIONS: NO RESALE
1. SOUNDBITE 1 - Emmanuel Macron, French President (male, French, 28 sec): "Until today, paternity leave was 14 days, with many irregularities depending on the sector of activity. 14 days, and that wasn't enough, everyone said it was not enough, it was also quite unequal, so the decision we are making is simple, we are going to increase the paternity leave to one month. A month in which there will be seven mandatory days for each young father."
"Jusqu'à aujourd'hui le congé paternité, c'était 14 jours, avec d'ailleurs, beaucoup d'irrégularités selon les secteurs d'activité. 14 jours, et ça n'était pas suffisant, tout le monde le disait, c'était en plus assez inégalitaire et donc la décision que nous prenons elle est simple, nous allons porter le congé paternité à un mois. Un mois au sein duquel il y aura sept jours obligatoires pour chaque jeune papa."
2. SOUNDBITE 2 - Emmanuel Macron, French President (male, French, 15 sec): "Of course, there are many steps that can be taken to counter this, to help correct these inequalities, but one is absolutely essential, and that is to give parents time to care for and love their child. We're going to help them, we're going to teach them, that's all the work we're doing with the PMIs (ed: infantile and maternal protection groups) and many professionals because we're not born parents, and so we're also going to complement this measure with many other things to better train and support the parents. But the paternity leave extended to one month is a strong measure of the Cyrulnik report because it is what allows the father to be present in this first month of his child's life."
"Bien évidemment, il y a beaucoup de mesures à prendre pour contrer cela, pour permettre de corriger ces inégalités mais il y en a une absolument essentielle, c'est de laisser le temps aux parents de s'occuper et d'aimer leur enfant. On va les aider, leur apprendre, c'est tout le travail qu'on fait avec les PMI et beaucoup de professionnels parce qu'on ne naît pas parent et donc on va aussi compléter cette mesure avec beaucoup d'autres choses pour mieux former et accompagner les parents. Mais le congé paternité porté à un mois est une mesure forte du rapport Cyrulnik parce que c'est ce qui permet au père d'être présent dans ce premier mois de la vie de son enfant."
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France to double paternity leave to almost a monthParis, Sept 22, 2020 (AFP) - France is to double paternity leave to 28 days, President Emmanuel Macron's office announced Tuesday, a move bringing the country in line with progressive legislation elsewhere in Europe.The current allocation of 14 days for fathers dates back to 2002 and at the time was much longer than in other European nations.But much more generous leave systems have since been set up, with Nordic countries and also some southern states leading the way."This reform will allow France to move from a mid-ranking position in Europe to the group of leading countries, along with Spain, Sweden, Norway and Portugal," an Elysee official said. "Time is an essential factor in establishing an important link between the child and the parents. Currently, this 14-day period is too short," the official added.The official acknowledged that for Macron it is an "extremely consensual reform" since "80 percent of the population is in favour".Macron was due to give more details on Wednesday during a visit to a Mother and Child Health Protection Centre (PMI) in Longjumeau, a suburb south of Paris.A commission Macron set up last November on the importance of a child's first 1,000 days, led by the prominent French psychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik, recommended an even longer period of nine weeks paternity leave."Doubling is already a fairly big change in terms of cultural development and for the place of fathers with children," the Elysee official said.jri-jk-sjw/js/bp