French President Nicolas Sarkozy last week launched an offensive against the country's "sick leave syndrome," announcing that state pay for ailing public and private sector workers will only be applied after an additional day off.
French civil servants took on average 22.6 days of sick leave in 2010. Private sector workers, on the other hand, took an average of 14.5 sick days. In Britain, by comparison, the average in 2009 was 8.3 sick days in the public sector an...
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