Appeal to Macron draws almost 58,000 signatories, including Thomas Piketty and other well-known figures

A group of high-profile French men have signed a petition demanding the right to longer paternity leave to enable them to better support their partners. The petition, so far signed by nearly 58,000 people and addressed to the president, Emmanuel Macron, and two of his ministers, calls for the “derisory” 11 days leave awarded new fathers to be extended to six weeks and made obligatory.

It says this measure should be enshrined in law to stop recalcitrant employers bullying men into returning quickly to work.

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