In the summer of 2017, the bakery La Boulangerie du Lac, Cedric Vaivre, located in the town of Lusigny-sur-Barse in north-eastern France, worked seven days a week to cope with the flow of tourists visiting the near the reserve.
According to the norm of law, operating in the Aube (Aube), which includes Luzino, for over a decade, small businesses are allowed to work no more than six days a week. This is done, in particular, to satisfy the right of the French to a 35-hour work week and to prevent over-exploitation of personnel.
As Wavre violated this rule, the department’s board fined him by 3,000 euros. However, the baker refuses to pay the fine and intends to challenge him. ” I just did my job, ” he claimed in December 2017, when the labor inspectors became aware of the offense he committed.
This is supported not only by numerous supporters ( more than 2,000 people signed the online petition in defense of the Vavre), but also the Mayor of the city Christian Branle.
” Such laws kill small businesses ,” says Branlet. ” It ‘s important to show some kind of sanity by applying them to a small rural settlement in a region where there are not so many competitors .”
Branlet intends to meet with the department’s leadership in order to persuade him to make an exception and allow the Bevre to work without days off in the summer months to meet the demand from tourists. ” There is nothing worse than letting tourists rest against the closed doors of shops, ” the mayor said.
In 2017, the union of bakers, O, conducted a survey among 120 local bakeries about whether it is worth keeping the law on the mandatory weekend, which was violated by Vavre. The majority of the respondents answered in the affirmative – it’s worth it.
In general, bread baking in France is one of the industries that the state regulates most severely. Authorities consider the delivery of bread as a kind of “sacred right”.
In 1995, as a result of a change in the federal law, bakers were guaranteed compulsory leave for five weeks a year, while leaving local administrations to regulate the hours of bakeries. For example, in Paris bakeries are divided into two groups – one closes for compulsory leave in July, and the second in August.
Of course, such a division is much more difficult to implement in rural areas, for example, in the area of the same Lusigny-sur-Bars, whose population is less than 2000 people. This leads to regular accusations of bakers in violation of the norms of labor legislation.