BEING on the dole in Europe is a more stylish and sophisticated experience than in the UK, ex-pat Britons have claimed.
Unemployed UK citizens say European countries’ enlightened attitudes make claiming state benefits a rich cultural experience.
Jobless IT worker Wayne Hayes said: “At the job centre in Provence all the staff look like Alain Delon and the young Catherine Deneuve, not the depressed lardarses you get in Britain.
“You don’t get any extra dole money but top quality food is incredibly cheap here, so dolies live off foie gras, duck confit and fine Bordeaux wines instead of baked beans, Super Noodles and White Ace.
“Also instead of persecuting the unemployed the French respect them because they think anyone who sits around drinking red wine and smoking all day is probably an intellectual.
“There’s a risk of getting your benefit stopped if you’re not stylish and enigmatic enough, but they give you Christian Dior suits and Gauloises for that.”