A new French labour agreement has given employees across the country the power to switch off their mobile phones when they go home at the end of the day and not feel pressured to read work-related emails after hours.

The rise of the internet and smartphones has seen a rise in people taking work home with them and replying to work-related emails at all hours, which many argue negatively impacts on social and family lives. To address this issue, two French unions and the consulting and tech industries have agreed that those on daily contracts will no longer have to read or reply to work emails sent after 6pm.

France is renowned for its commitment to worker rights, with French workers enjoying a 35-hour work week and five weeks of holiday each year, and this agreement, which will cover around 200,000 workers, further supports a work-life balance.

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