Here is an interesting article from the BBC at the end of August, describing the way France just totally shuts down for a month-long holiday every August. It’s frankly hard to believe. Apparently the French aversion to work is not limited exclusively to August, however: “If you count all the Bank Holidays, rest days and other time off, the French take up to 11 weeks’ holiday a year. The 35-hour working week is sacrosanct. But some politicians are now daring to suggest that this isn’t sustainable.” Indeed the poor French are wondering why their economy is stagnant (and, for that matter, why they have become an insignficant player on the world stage). Now, don’t get me wrong – if I could I would too. I mean, who wouldn’t want a 35 hour work week and 11 weeks off? It’s just amusing to watch what the British reporter calls the “collective idleness” of the French while at the same time they wonder why their economy is stagnant.
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