French workers recognize the need to work more hours as the government looks to reform a 35-hour working week law, France's economy minister told CNBC on Saturday, adding that the country's economy is "back".
Former investment banker Emmanuel Macron has been pushing for measures that give firms more flexibility to increase working hours.
The country's 35-hour working week was introduced by the Socialist government in 2000 and has been a source of criticism from both the international community and corporate world.
Macron said reforming the law was key to helping a recovery in the French economy, the second biggest in the euro area after Germany.
"The perspective today, is not to kill the legislation about the 35 hours. The issue is to provide much more flexibility at the corporate level," Macron told CNBC in an interview at the Ambrosetti forum in Italy.
"So what we need is more flexibility on the ground, more flexibility at the corporate level...in order to be precisely much more adapted to the inflows and outflows of the current economy."