French postal service to hire 9,000 workers for ‘unprecedented’ Christmas boom

French postal service to hire 9,000 workers for 'unprecedented' Christmas boom
A postman walks past a terrace of a restaurant where chairs are piled-up in Paris on June 2nd. Photo: AFP
As France braces itself for a Christmas spent apart from extended family, an extraordinarily busy season is on the cards for the country's postal service.

With France still under lockdown and remaining so until at least until December 1st, the French are ordering packages like never before.

“Over the period November-December, we will have an overall traffic which will be greater than 100 million parcels in France. By comparison, we were at 80 million last year,” François Laborde, chief of La Poste’s regional affiliation in the greater Paris region Ile-de-France, told France Bleu.

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La Poste has already exceeded its usual volume of packages by 30 percent and “await an unprecedented end of the year with unseen volumes of packages,” according to their website.

And that's even without the usual delivery of letters to Santa – any child in France who writes a letter to Father Christmas and posts it through La Poste before December 17th will receive a reply, thanks to the postal service's Sécretariat du Père Noël.

To ensure that the mounting burden of packages gets delivered on time, they will employ 9,000 workers on CDD (short term contracts) or interim contracts. La Poste usually hires extra help in the busy run up to Christmas, but this year it has doubled its seasonal workers compared to last year.

Eight hundred of these jobs are in the greater Paris region Ile-de-France.

If you're interested in working for the post service this Christmas go to laposterecrute.fr to see what job openings there are in your area. 

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