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Les Grandes Vacances

By Benjamin Butler

 

Hong Kong

Now June is upon us, office workers across Europe naturally turn their thoughts to summer holidays. In France these are known as “les grandes vacances”, which should come as no surprise given that two months of holiday a year are standard for French workers.

 

Financial Times

It is indeed that time of year that people think about upcoming holidays. Surprisingly the article then goes on to say that actually, "The perception that the French enjoy more leisure time than the rest of us is simply wrong. France’s workers put in, on average, 100 hours more a year than their German counterparts.”

 

I think this is partly to do with the fact that new hires are not permanent workers who are entitled to such long holidays. I always found it fascinating, though, reading about how common it was for Europeans to take several month holidays over the summer. It sounded rather civilized when ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.


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