Approximately 7.8 million French workers were on temporary leave at the end of May, with the government largely paying wages to avoid job cuts due to the corona crisis. That said the French Labor Minister Muriel Pénicaud. In a radio interview, the minister stated that the government spent EUR 17 billion over the past three months on measures to send workers in France on temporary paid leave. As the country emerges from the strict quarantine measures some jobs will be cut. The measures taken by the government only postponed the inevitable.