Change the clocks: switch to summer time this weekend

Published by Caroline J. · Photos by Laurent P. · Published on 28 March 2021 at 08h58 · Updated on 28 March 2021 at 08h58
Bad news for those who want to sleep over! On the weekend of March 27-28, 2021, in the night from Saturday to Sunday, switch to summer time. Do you have to put the clocks back or forward? We tell you everything.

Tick tock, tick tock! After switching to winter time back in October, it is now time to change the clocks and switch to summer time. In concrete words, you will get one hour’s sleep less, but one more hour of light.

Therefore, during the night from Saturday March 27 to Sunday 28, 2021, at two in the morning, it will be three o’clock. You will have to put your clocks forward to sixty minutes. The other good news is that your smartphone will do it automatically.

For the record, we may switch to winter time for the last time. Remember, in September 2018, the European Commission proposed to halt this bi-annual change once and for all in 2021, as 84% of Europeans were for the halt of this system. The European Commission let the choice to each state member whether they want to stick to winter time or summer time. In France, summer time was asked by 59% of the surveyed. Each state member was set to give their decision before April 1, 2020. But because of the coronavirus crisis, the question is still not settled and delays the end of putting the clocks back or forward initially scheduled in 2021.

For the record, summer time will be the official time until October 31, 2021, when winter time will return to France.

For the record, changing the clocks in France has been implemented following the 1973-1974 oil shock. The initial goal was to match working hours as well as possible with sun hours to limit the use of artificial light. It is then in 1998 that the European Union has decided to smooth dates for changing clocks between the member states.

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