A study published this morning has revealed that almost half of French men living in rural areas (41 percent) do not wash daily.
Overall, almost one in four French men and women (76 percent) do not wash at all, according to the IFOP (Institut Francais d’Opinion Publique; the French institute of Public Opinion) study published today (Wednesday).
This figure can be broken down to 71 percent of French men who wash “at least once a day” and 81 percent for French women.
It is still better than back in 1951, when this figure was just 51 percent.
Of course it helps that 88 percent of French households now own a shower, against just 10 percent in 1954.
When it comes to showering, only 63 percent of those surveyed said they did so on a daily basis. For men over the age of 65, this number plummets to 36 percent.
The study also revealed that only 75 percent of French women wash their hands after going to the toilet and this figure drops to 68 percent for men.
While 95 percent of french women allegedly change undies every day (compared to just 17 percent in 1951), this figure drops to 73 percent of men. However, only 28 percent of women change bra on a daily basis.
IFOP’s gender, sexuality and sexual health expert Francois Kraus told local media that “body hygiene is closely linked to social isolation.” He said that the way other people see individuals affected their decision making when it came to washing every day.
Socialisation also affects relationships. According to the study, 39 percent of French people have broken up with someone they were involved with romantically because of issues to do with their personal hygiene.
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