Decades back The Sun found out that France uses less soap per person of population than other places in Europe. Thus the jokes about soap dodgers.
The response was that they used shower gel, liquid soap, more than hard soap and that was the explanation.
A third of French people don’t wash their hands after going to the toilet and less than half before eating, while a fifth of Frenchmen change their underwear twice a week at best.
These are some of the unsavoury findings of a new study into personal hygiene in France, which researchers and Gallic doctors say leaves a lot to be desired. The findings stand to reinforce stereotypes that the French take a laissez-faire approach to cleanliness.
The survey by pollster Ifop found the French continued to display “ignorance of basic sanitary rules, despite public health messages and the current [coronavirus] context.”
No wonder the poor parts of London are to the east. Imagine the stench when the wind blows from the Continent……