French facts about work
Standard working hours are 35 hours per week (reduced from 39 hours in 2000)
French now work 24% less than in 1970, compared to those in the US who work 20% more
Many protests were held when Sarkosy increased the retirement age from 60 to 62 years in 2010
France loses more than 100 days of work a year through strikes for every 1,000 employees.