How French politicians fill their time
By having two or more elected roles. Le Monde has a rather nifty graphic showing the breakdown of additional political roles for deputies and senators. It calculates that only 12% of deputies do not also act as mayors, regional, departmental, municipal councillors etc, while just over 20% of senators only sport one hat office wise.
To put this into perspective, the paper reckons that only 10 % of Bundestag members, 13% of UK MPs, and 15% and 16% of Spanish and Italian MPs only hold one elected office, and that the current 85% figure for the
Maybe it is all down to road and rail links now making it easier for deputies and senators to whizz between Paris and Clochemerle at speed than it was before.