Okay so they take two and a half hour lunch-breaks, close at 5.30pm on the nose, and bunk off on Friday afternoons (thanks to the 35 hour week) – but the French compensate for these little inconveniences by starting early.
So your morning could run like this – 7.30am wake up – 8am bundle kids into school – 8.15am DENTIST’S APPOINTMENT!! – 8.45am quick breakfast at a nice bistro (espresso & croissant) – 9.00am arrive for work.
What’s more – by the time your UK colleagues have managed to switch their computers on – you’ve already done an hours work (i.e. read the newspaper).