Workers check the production of lithium ion automotive batteries in the Johnson Controls - Saft Advanced Power Solutions' factory in Nersac, southwestern France. (file photo)
New data show that French employers are not paying their share for compensation for workplace accidents, and are dodging a payment of 20 million euros a year to the social security system.
According to government figures released on Saturday, more than half of French employers - 56 percent - never make any payments for workplace accidents, Radio France Internationale reported.
About a quarter cannot because they have gone bankrupt, and are wrestling with financial woes.
But in most cases, employers use the legal system to obstruct the process, contesting any aspect of the compensation claims they can.
A government bill passed last week aims to make it harder for French companies found guilty of unsafe and unsanitary work conditions to fall back on such excuses.
Under French labor laws, employees can receive compensation through France's social security system when accidents or illnesses are linked to workplace conditions.
The system will then recuperate the costs from employers.