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France — People with disabilities criticise government

30 December 2009

The decision by the government to delay the starting date for stricter penalties for companies who do not employ people with disabilities by three months has been strongly criticised by the Association of the Victims of Accidents at Work (Fnath) and the Association of Paralysed People (APF).

In a statement Fnath described the decision as an unjustified present to companies. The Association says "companies have known about the new regulations since 11 February 2005 and the unemployment rate of people with disabilities is still twice that of able-bodied persons."

AFP President Jean-Marie Barbier told France Inter radio "the President of the Republic has promised in June 2008 to put a national system in place for the employment of people with disabilities. This clearly breaks that deal."

The Confederation of Small and Medium-sized Companies (CGPME) had sent a petition to the government in November stating that "small and medium-sized companies are fighting difficult economic conditions in order to keep jobs. To penalise them means to weaken them."



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