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The French and hygiene: Why is the negative stereotype so hard to wash off?

Do the French have a questionable relationship with hygiene? It's certainly a stereotype that continues to stick, particularly in English-speaking countries. That's paradoxical, given that France is also famous around the world for perfume and beauty products. Attentiveness to personal cleanliness has changed over time, so what's the situation today? We take a closer look.

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