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Right to disconnect from work e-mail and other laws take effect in France

Divorces don't need a judge's nod; cigarette packs to sport only health warnings; thin plastic bags and pesticides in public areas are out; labelling of prepared food tightened

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''Employees are more and more connected during hours outside of the office.'' - Myriam El Khomri, the Minister of Labour, said last year in justifying the need for the law.

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IF the world does not envy the French enough already for their generous vacations, universal health care, and fine food and wine, the arrival of 2017 brings this: a newly created "right to disconnect". Though ridiculed in some quarters as a ban on work-related e-mail after hours, it

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