j just a cultural stereotype - so thats OK ?
The slur is that the French are lazy.
They are no worse than the USA or Germany.
Can we agree that if 35 person hours in France produces about as much as 40 person hours in the UK, that the French are doing something right? They are working to similar rules.
So the question comes down to can the French really produce in 35 hours about much as a Brit in 40.
Fortunately this is actually something the UK government has looked at.
International comparisons of UK productivity
(ICP), final estimates: 2016 page 3
lower than that of Italy by 10.5%, with the gap widening from 9.6% in 2015
lower than that of the US by 22.6%, with the gap narrowing from 23.1% in 2015
lower than that of France by 22.8%, with the gap widening from 22.2% in 2015
lower than that of Germany by 26.2%, with the gap narrowing from 26.8% in 2015
If the authors are American - productivity per hour about the same as at home. A lot better than Canada and the UK.