A French court fined a baker 3,000 euros for working seven days a week during an entire summer.
The perpetrator, Cédric Vaivre, is in direct violation of a union decree mandating a day of rest – despite Vaivre running the only bakery in town.
“Customers and tourists asked me to,” said the 41-year-old worker.
City officials understand how vital local businesses are during holiday seasons.
“There’s nothing worse than closed shops when there are tourists,” said the town’s mayor, Christian Branle.
A petition supporting Vaivre has garnered more than 3,000 signatures; he is fighting for the compromise to keep up with tourist demand during the summer months.
“In France, when you are willing to work, you are shamed. When you are doing a job you love, I don’t see why it should be a problem to work five, six, or seven days,” says Vaivre on the mindset of his government.
We reported on similar stories in the US; for example, a Penn State professor claimed responsible work ethic was a “whiteness ideology” that needed to be destroyed.