In France, fathers of newborn infants were granted paid leave for the birth of a child 20 years ago; previously, the law entitled them only to three days’ leave financed by their employer.
Since 2002, fathers have been entitled to employer-funded paid time-off. Paternity and childcare leave applies to biological fathers, regardless of their family situation, or employees (“second parents”) who live with the mother of a newborn child whose biological father does not request such leave. During this period, the French social security system compensates the employee and his employment contract is suspended.
Paid Time Off
For the past 20 years, paternity leave was limited to 11 calendar days or 18 days for multiple births, while the three days of employer-funded leave remained unchanged. Effective July 1, 2021, paid time-off increased from 11 to 25 calendar days for a single birth on or after that date and from 18 to 32 days for multiple births.