French people work 35 hours per week by law. If they work more, they get additional vacation time added to their standard five weeks of holiday.
At lunch time, stores close for at least an hour lunch break (sometimes two in the smaller towns). Even the big box chains, like Electro Depot, shut their doors so their employees can relax for an hour together!
Unemployment is high, hovering around 10 percent, although I'm not sure how or if that is related to long lunch breaks!
Le moral of the story: Work less, drink more wine. (It's better for your health!)