Why Parisians behave as they do

Scientifically speaking, exactly what makes April in Paris delightful? A computer scientist of my acquaintance, a Paris native now living abroad, analysed the question and wrote up a study that will be published soon, albeit pseudonymously. His data imply that vacations and strikes are what drive Parisians to behave as they so famously do.

Paris school vacation periods are scheduled with clockwork regularity. This scientist believes that strikes are nearly as predictable. The two quasi-metronomes make Parisians tick…..

So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.