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The French Aren’t Too Pleased With Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush's quip about the French work week isn't going over too well with the French.

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Former Florida Governor and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush is having a bad day. His performance in Wednesday’s night debate is getting horrible reviews. And his attack on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s voting record has made him new, French critics.

During the debate, Bush, who is well behind front runner Donald Trump in the polls, said the U.S. Senate has a “French work week” of “three days.” Turns out, the French ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, took issue with this characterization. He took to Twitter to voice his displeasure:

French anger over the comment continued Thursday at the White House, when French Canal+ journalist Laura Haim asked press secretary Josh Earnest what President Barack Obama thought of the jibe.

“I hope you didn’t take that personally, Laura. I can vouch for the fact that you certainly work more than most members of Congress,” Earnest said.

Haim wasn’t done. She brought up the fact that Araud had taken issue with Bush’s attack on Rubio. “I was just curious to see what the president thinks about the French quality of life,” she asked.

“It certainly seems to be a quality of life that many French people have warmly embraced, as they should,” Earnest said.

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David Francis was a senior reporter for Foreign Policy, where he covered international finance. @davidcfrancis

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