Are they trying to deflect attention from some problems at home?

Michael Fuchs, deputy chairman of the Christian democrats (CDU) has told public radio that France is the ‘problem child’ of Europe. He went on to say that they should scrap it’s 35 hour working week and push back it”s retirement age.

“The French must save to become more capable of acting. They must of course also make economic reforms,” Michael Fuchs, deputy chairman of the Christian Democrats’ parliamentary group told public radio.
“They must change the working hours. You know that the French still have the 35-hour week. That can’t work when in Switzerland people work 42 hours, in Germany 40 hours,” he complained on Deutschlandfunk radio.

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Germany ought to remember that they have elections in September and any comments made to others might come back in spades.