This chapter outlines the historical background to the state-family relationship in France to provide an understanding of the place of social care in the French welfare state. It then explores the extent to which the rights of families to provision for care are written into labour law, and the tax and social security systems. The historical background explains why childcare has been a major issue on the political agenda in France. France also provides a good example of the development of rights for parents to give care. Gender equity is being promoted, not only within the family but also in employment and working time policies.
Keywords: social rights; care responsibility; French welfare state; labour law; tax; social security; childcare; gender equity
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