Updated : Friday 15 September 2017 | 8 : 11PM Damascus Timming
Agencies (Qasioun) The French President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party is about to vote through a measure that will give employees for the first time a "right to disconnect".
Companies of more than 50 people will be obliged to draw up a charter of good conduct, setting out the hours when staff are not supposed to send or answer emails.
Much mockery was made in the foreign press when the proposal was first mooted, with images of hawk-eyed work inspectors snooping on the industrious.
But the French government says the problem of permanent connection is universal and growing - and that intervention is needed.
"All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant," Socialist MP Benoit Hamon tells me.
You're at home but you're not at home, and that poses a real threat to relationships
"Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash - like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails - they colonise the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down."
The measure is part of a labour law - named after Labour Minister Maryam El Khomri - many of whose other provisions have sparked weeks of protests in France. The "disconnection" clause is about the only part on which there is consensus.