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Women workers in France urged to leave work at 4.34pm

Women across France have been encouraged to leave work at 4.34pm on November 7th in a bid to highlight the salary gap between male and female staff.

Women workers in France urged to leave work at 4.34pm
Photo: UN Women
“From November 7th at 4.34pm (and 7 seconds), women will be working 'for free'.”
 
So reads the latest newsletter from equal rights group Les Glorieuses, which has decided that enough is enough and that wage disparity needs to be addressed in France.  
 
Inspired by similar hugely successful action in Iceland last week, the group is urging women to stop working at exactly that time on November 7th in a protest of salary inequality. 
 
The date was chosen after a recent study showed that the discrepancy in salaries between men and women – listed as 15.1 percent in 2014 – suggested women may as well stop working before the end of the year to balance the scores. 

The date women stop getting paid in Europe

Image: Expert Market. Click to see larger.

The group noted on its Facebook page that the stakes are high if every working woman essentially goes on strike, with 13.8 million women registered as working in France's work force (or 48 percent of the total). 
 
And every bit helps, of course, not least considering that a recent report from the World Economic Forum predicted that the salary gap won't disappear until the year 2186.
 
“We don't want to wait until 2186 to achieve equal pay. We don't want to wait 170 years to reach parity,” the group wrote. 
 
Across Europe, women made on average 17 percent less than men,  according to an October study of 40 countries by London-based Expert Market. The study compared the average salaries of men and women and concluded that of October 31st, European women have been essentially working for free.

On October 24th thousands of women in Iceland walked out of work and took to the streets calling for equality when it comes to pay.

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Starting and running a business in France just got (slightly) easier

A new government-backed website intended to make setting up and running a new business more straightforward has launched in France.

Starting and running a business in France just got (slightly) easier

Launching and running a new business in France has, historically, been a fraught affair, with huge amounts of admin required.

The government has had several attempts at making this easier, including the micro-entrepreneur scheme which gives a simplified system for people setting up as small traders or self-employed/freelancers.

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But while finding accurate, useful information online was possible, it was uncoordinated and scattered across several sites, the Minister in charge of small businesses, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, said.

The Entreprendre.service-public.fr website, which launched last month, aims to bring a little administrative love to small business bosses new and old by bringing together reliable, up-to-date, neutral, personalised and free resources, as well as information and tools needed to create, manage and develop their business on a daily basis.

It aims to be an official one-stop shop for anyone running or planning to run their own company. 

It features up-to-date information on starting, taking over, managing, developing, closing and transferring ownership of any business, no matter how small – as well as customisable sections dealing with human resources, accounting and taxation. It will also allow business managers to make appointments with advisers able to talk them through the intricacies of running and developing a business in France.

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A news section is expected to be added to the site later in the year, while Entreprendre will include access to a complementary site: formalites.entreprises.gouv.fr, “which has been open for testing since January 1st, 2022 and which from January 1st, 2023 will centralise all the administrative formalities for registering, modifying or ceasing its activity,”  Lemoyne said.

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