Saturday, January 21, 2006
Peugeot, Boulot, Dodo
The overworked city-dwellers of Paris have an expression that sums up their life: métro, boulot, dodo: subway, work, sleep. Of course here in Aveyron we rarely hear this expression. And yet...I leave for work every morning at 7:20 after dropping my children off at the bus stop, and what with late classes, meetings or appointments with students, I often don't get home until 6:30. Call it Peugeot, boulot, dodo: it's a pretty long day in the land of the 35-hour workweek.
Resentment is, in fact, growing in France towards those who do benefit from les 35 heures (essentially civil servants and employees of medium-sized to large companies) and those who do not (a whole lot of other people, including my husband and myself!)