Laziness in France

What is French for “lazy day?” Jour de flemmardise.

Apparently, the French have had a lot of them since the pandemic. A new study shows that the French are loath to come out of their homes and get back to work and a mere 21% say that work is important to them, compared to 60% in 1990. This comes from the French Institute of Public Opinion.

The study says that Covid lockdowns caused an “exhaustion and laziness epidemic.” In France, the government covered between 70-100% of wages for workers on furloughs and workers are not super motivated to give that up.

Does this make them lazy? That seems like a loaded word. A member of parliament recently said that the French deserve a “right to idleness.” Don’t we all?

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