After eight years studying in France's top administrative schools, Miss Shepard was taken on as a high-grade civil servant in French local government. She said she was raring to put her knowledge to public use but soon realised her remit was to do as little as possible in the greatest amount of time. One and a half hours later, she had completed the task. Six months later I accepted the sad reality: I am a little cog in an absurd universe," she wrote.
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After eight years studying in France's top administrative schools, Miss Shepard was taken on as a high-grade civil servant in French local government.
She said she was raring to put her knowledge to public use but soon realised her remit was to do as little as possible in the greatest amount of time. One and a half hours later, she had completed the task. Six months later I accepted the sad reality: I am a little cog in an absurd universe," she wrote. One day she asked her superior if her document could be validated by the relevant service, but was told this would not be possible as the hunting season had just opened and staff numbers had dropped "by five".
Some people never turned up to work, occupying "fictitious posts" and pocketing the wages, she claimed. The year-old said that 90 per cent of what she wrote was based on fact, but she was careful to change names to ones like "Coconne" Dumbo , or Simplet Dopey. However, her colleagues at the Aquitaine Regional Council in southwest France, clearly recognised themselves — lending weight to her claims that little of what she wrote was exaggerated — and she was unmasked.
Miss Shepard had been working at Aquitaine's International and European Affairs Delegation, which employs 30 people to do, she claims, little more than twiddle their thumbs. But her book sparked fury from the Socialist-run Regional Council, which said it put "the entire credibility and honour of the region at stake".
On Thursday its disciplinary committee decided to ban her from holding a civil service job for two years — one step short of a dismissal. But she remained defiant. There is an enormous amount of waste. It's scandalous. But when you denounce this waste you lose your job," she said. The book is a godsend for President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has launched a concerted drive to slash national and local government spending, which accounts for 56 per cent of France's total budget — the third highest ratio in Europe.
The best way to transfer money overseas. Terms and Conditions. Style Book. Weather Forecast. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Friday 05 June French civil servant lifts lid on five-hours-a-week culture A French civil servant who lifted the lid on the wastefulness of the country's state sector in a book describing a "five-hours-a-week" culture where people competed to take the longest coffee breaks has been suspended.
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