French law is at odds with European law on several points concerning paid leave. The French Labor Code stipulates that paid leave entitlements are calculated based on actual time worked.
As a result, an employee who is sick does not, except in exceptional circumstances, acquire days of paid leave during their absence from work. This provision is contrary to European law.
On September 13, 2023, the French Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation) finally put an end to this contradiction by ruling that, during sick leave, employees acquire paid vacation days, regardless of the duration of their absence.