Amsterdam wrote:Let me tell the essence:
These problems only exist because the French side doesn't want to work significantly harder for the same pay.
I think there are a lot of preconceived ideas. Studies from the OECD show the opposite : more working hours for the french and more productivity per hour. I could find the Time magazine where I read that : http://time.com/4621185/worker-productivity-countries/
Even though we can criticize the methodology I think it's always tricky to compare between different countries and their regulations. There are officials working hours, holidays etc. and the real practices. Countries like Germany people would strictly stick to the regulations while in more latin countries you would see more people working overtime when needed. Also the working life is different : in the US it seems people have a life at work (buying things on Internet, having fun with the colleagues etc. during the working hours) - while in other places you would really work at work, in particular if you know in the evening you will have sufficient time to do your personal things and meet friends.