French restaurants are open but short-staffed

Even in France waiters and chefs seem to have have lost their taste for the job.

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STRUGGLING TO FIND extra staff, the manager of a bar in the Paris region recently asked her sister to drive for an hour to help out on a busy evening, during a televised football match, reports The Economist

At a Normandy sea-front restaurant, a waitress says they are under-staffed because former colleagues will no longer put up with unsociable evening and weekend work.

Diners in Paris report the sudden appearance of shorter menus, as restaurants adapt their kitchens to staff shortages, as well as the presence of improbably young (and ungrumpy) fresh recruits now waiting at tables en terrasse.

Two months after France reopened outdoor dining, restaurants and bars face a staffing crunch.

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