France plans to double the length of paternity leave to 28 days, President Emmanuel Macron's office said Tuesday.

Today, the length of paternity leave is two weeks.

- Time is a key factor in creating an important link between parents and a child.

The current 14-day period is too short, the chancellery said.

A paternity leave team set up by Macron in November recommended an even longer, nine-week leave.

“Doubling is already quite a big change in cultural practices and in the place of fathers next to children,” Macron’s office continued.

In Finland, the length of paternity leave is a maximum of nine weeks.