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Jeb Bush's jibe about having a French working week might have seemed like an easy shot at rival presidential hopeful Marco Rubio at the CNBC debate.

However, the French ambassador to the U.S., Gérard Araud (or at least whoever runs his Twitter account), was quick to point out that the short French working week is cliché rather than truth.

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Bush, the former Florida governor, criticized the Florida senator for not "showing up to work" in the Senate. Rubio's spotty voting record has been criticized by Bush before.

"The Senate, what is it like a French work week? You get like three days where you have to show up?" Bush said.

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Araud was quick to point out via Twitter that, in contrast to the cliché of the lazy French, French people are on average more productive than U.S. workers, and have a longer working week than their German counterparts.

"Electoral campaigns offer the opportunity for a lot of bombastic nonsense. Let's be indulgent," he added.

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