France’s famous biblical-length labour code “code de travail” does not mention a specific temperature that if exceeded means everyone has to be sent home.
The labour code does say though that if anyone downs tools because they fear their health is in danger then they can't be punished by employers.
But obviously all employers are legally obliged to look after their staff’s well-being, that means providing fans if necessary and undertaking other measures to ensure the working environment is cool enough. Needless to say they need to ensure there is a supply of cold water.
Workers also have the right to ask if their hours can be altered and have increased breaks, so don’t be afraid to approach your boss.
And what about wearing shorts and flip flops?
There is nothing in the labour code to say workers can't wear shorts to work if they desire. Although different companies and sectors will obviously have different rules. Worth trying though.
(Parisians in the water. Photo: AFP)