Friday 15 December 2017

Ah, those Parisian working days

THE Punt considers itself to be a well travelled sort. Recently we've managed to get to Miami, Davos, China, Luxembourg and Brussels among other places.

It gives us a good insight into working life in different countries. The UK and the US are "go go go", the Chinese are busy but in a much different way to westerners. The French, however, are unique.

Pernod-Ricard's half-year results were not like any results event we've seen here. Company chief executive Pierre Pringuet was resplendent in his open-necked shirt, and cravat. We can't think of anyone in Irish business who would be able to pull off the look, but it suited him down to the ground.

The French economy is in structural decline, and most reasonable people acknowledge they will be working longer hours for more years. Nursing an espresso on the Champs Elysee, however, it's easy to see why there is so much opposition to such moves. After all, if you're living in a city as gorgeous as Paris, why would you want to spend more time in an office?

Irish Independent

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