I recently received an email from my boss telling me I had been convoquée for my visite médicale. I was a little surprised because I had no idea why I needed to pass a medical visit; I had just done one in June for my titre de séjour. Lionel explained to me that you are required to have a medical visit when you start a new job to make sure you are in good health and able to do your job. And then, you have to go back for these work-related medical visits every year.
This was the first I had ever heard of these medical visits for work and I find it a little ridiculous. It seems like that must cost a lot of money to have everyone who is employed go in for a mandatory medical visit every year. It also seems like a waste of time. The French love their doctors and their medicine, and it seems to me that if they have a problem, they will most likely run off to the doctor immediately so they can avoid work for a few days and stop at the pharmacy to fill their apartments with piles of medications. Also, I have been working at my job since June. If their was a serious problem preventing me from doing my job, I don't think I would still be doing it in January. And then (and I know this isn't the case for everyone) I had to cancel a lesson to go to the medical visit this morning, and therefore lose money. This didn't make me very happy as I felt no need to go see a doctor, except that I was told I had to.
So I went to the visit today. Visiting a doctor in France is always a miserable experience for me. I hate it and I always feel like they are being unnecessarily rude and like they are looking down on me. And this visit didn't really change my opinion. The woman at the accueil acted like I was stupid when I asked her to repeat herself because I couldn't hear her over her colleague who was speaking to her at the same time that she was asking me questions. She then proceeded to ask me questions using the most basic vocabulary possible because she was convinced that I couldn't understand normal French. She even asked me if I thought I could faire pipi because they wanted to get a urine sample, and apparently the only term I could possibly know was one most commonly used with children!
The rest of the visit went pretty smoothly and the actual médecin was extremely nice (surprising for a French woman) and even chatted with me about life in general and what I hoped to do with my career and life in the future. She was even nice enough to compliment my French (apparently she didn't think I needed phrases like faire pipi to understand the language). I'm just glad it's done and that I was considered to be apte au poste, meaning I can continue to work the job I have been working.
My question is, what happens if they say you can't work your job?