Therein lies the rub: innovators like Ainy want to grow, and they do get help from the state to get going. But regulatory hurdles abound when those same companies want to grow and compete.
French labor law had its origins in a laudable idea, Joutard said: To protect workers from exploitative employers like those from the industrial era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
"But the world has changed, and is now much less predictable. So these protections become a brake," said Joutard. "A big company can handle these difficulties, it's harder for a small one."
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