The intellectual and legal framework, as well as the general day-to-day approach, to the relationship between employer and employee in France is very different indeed from that generally encountered in the common law system and it is vital to take into account that employment in France is not ‘at will’.The legal relationship between employer and employee in France is very formal and highly regulated and the majority of direct and indirect legislation is held, by most lawyers, to lean in favour of the absolute protection of the interests of employee rather than the employer.

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