Why are the French so happy?

Sep 03 2003 by Brian Amble Print This Article

French workers are a pretty contented bunch, if a survey by the magazine Enjeux-Les Echos is anything to go by.

The poll found that the job satisfaction rate amongst both public and private sector workers in France averaged an overwhelming 89 per cent.

In contrast, only three-quarters of UK workers would agree, a figure that has been steadily decreasing, particularly in the public sector. The satisfaction rate in the US is lower still, at a shade over 60 per cent.

According to Enjeux-Les Echos's editor, Francois Lenglet, the figures show that suggestions that the French have been demotivated by the impact of their mandatory 35-hour working-week are exaggerated.

We agree. In fact, we reckon that a 35-hour week would be enough to make most people pretty happy . . .