Daimler is the latest company trying to skirt French restrictions on the length of the workweek, which was introduced 15 years ago by the Socialist Party.

Daimler says it wants workers in Hambach, France, where it makes the Smart ForTwo, to put in more hours and has hinted that it may shift production if it cannot reach an agreement with employees.

French President Francois Hollande, who was general secretary of the Socialist Party when the 35-hour workweek bill was created in 2000, is now seeking to make France's labor market more flexible to combat high unemployment, now at 18-year high.

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