Get this: The UK's Sun tab says nine out of 10 French people regularly don't use the washroom to wash up. The Sun also says 2.5 million French people never take a shower or a tubby.
According to the paper:
The French do spend between 48 and 56 minutes in the bathroom each day — but much of that is applying cosmetics.
Nine out of ten French women and half of the men regularly apply perfume and cosmetics.
A third spend time in the bathroom reading, while a quarter daydream, 14 per cent make phone calls, eight per cent sing, six per cent smoke and one per cent eat.
The findings were published by a respected Paris-based weekly magazine. Their statistical supplement was entitled: “24 hours in France — An Unusual Portrait of France and the French.”
But last night former French leisure boss Pierre-Yves Gerbeau, once in charge of the Millennium Dome, fumed: “This is ridiculous, bloody annoying and unhelpful.”
The 39-year-old went on: “This idea of the ‘Frog’ who doesn’t wash, has a baguette on his head and a string of onions around his neck is passe.
“It’s about as real as the idea of the Englishman in his pinstripe suit and bowler hat.”