#france

Lucy Mangan:

Under the deal, which affects around 250,000 employees in the technology and consultancy sectors (including the French arms of Google, Facebook, Deloitte and PwC), employees will also have to resist the temptation to look at work-related material on their computers or smartphones – or any other kind of malevolent intrusion into the time they have been nationally mandated to spend on whatever the French call la dolce vita. And companies must ensure that their employees come under no pressure to do so. Thus the spirit of the law – and of France – as well as the letter shall be observed.

While the initial headlines overplayed it, this is still pretty great. And very French. Viva la email resistance! 

Sam Schechner and Amol Sharma on Netflix’s international plans:

France could be a tricky market to crack. An official “chronology” of movie releases restricts services like Netflix from airing films until three years after they open nationally in theaters, making them less attractive.

In addition, video services in France are usually required to finance film production in the country. On Sunday, French culture minister Aurelie Filippetti told French newspaper Journal du Dimanche she would expect Netflix to follow French rules.

Three years?!