The French must work more

WorkSo Sarko told them yet again in his April TV show. Well, by international standards this makes sense. Dupont leads the world in days off. In 2007 – leaving aside his RTT days, related to the 35-hour week – he was entitled to 37 days holiday. The Italians came next with 33 days, the Brits had 26 and – in terms of entitlement – the Americans trailed with just 14.

But remember this: time spent in the workplace is not the same thing as productivity. Although this might seem paradoxical in the light of the above figures – and our own observation – French productivity per hour worked ranks among the highest in the OECD. According to some estimates, it’s superior to the US rate.

From Riviera Reporter Issue 128: Aug/Sept 2008