France plans to extend paternity leave to 28 days

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to double the number of days of paternity leave to 28 from 14, his office announced Thursday.

Agence France-Presse quoted an Elysee palace official as saying France would join “leading countries” such as Spain, Sweden, Norway and Portugal in granting generous maternity benefits to fathers. “Time is the basic factor for parents to build an important bond with their children, and 14 days is too short,” the official said. ‘Eighty percent of the French support this reform,’ he said.

France introduced 14 days of paternity leave in 2002, much longer than other European countries at the time, according to AFP. But northern and some southern European countries later reformed the benefit, giving fathers more days off than France.