Jeb Bush has reached out to his friends in France and said “je suis désolé” after his crack about a “French work week” in last week’s CNBC debate.
“I made the mistake of saying that the Congress operates on a French workweek,” Bush said Wednesday in New Hampshire, reported USA Today. “I really did a disservice to the French.”
The paper also reported that Bush’s communications director said his e-mail inbox was full of comments from French journalists.
For the record, the French do tend to work a 35-hour work week and are guaranteed at least five weeks of vacation a year.
Bush’s comment drew criticism from French officials, including France’s Ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, who was quick to point out the inaccuracy of Bush’s jibe.