Switching to winter time: what you need to know

Every year, when switching to winter time, it is the same puzzle: in what direction do we change the time? What time does the changeover to winter time take place? Will we sleep more or less?

Every year, on the last Sunday of October, France – and the other member countries of the European Union – switch to winter time. The winter time change will take place this year on the night of Saturday 30 to Sunday 31 October 2021.

Thus, at precisely 3 a.m., you will have to set your watches and clocks back one hour. It will then be 2 a.m. This change to winter time therefore allows you to benefit from an additional hour of sleep.

A legal abandonment but not yet applied

In 2019, the European Parliament voted to end this change of time, from 2021. A decision that came after more than 80% of the 4.6 million Europeans surveyed had chosen to abandon this passage in winter time.

Asked by Sud Ouest, MEP Karima Delli, at the initiative of the file, pointed to a halt in discussions between the different countries.

In France, the system has been in existence since 1976. Three years after the oil shock, the idea was to save energy by matching working hours with sunlight to limit the use of artificial lighting.

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