I very much agree. However, I wonder about the reality of quality time and how it is defined and practised?
Both with my boys in the 1970s, not in France either, and again with our girls, when they were at primary school they were collected. Parents got there up to half an hour before school ended, formed huddles who huddled every day and sometimes the gossiping went on after school was out. That was not necessarily because of distance. Several girls from one daughter's class walked to nearby villages, up to around half an hour on foot, whereas others could have walked home faster than parents could have driven round the one way system. One even jumped in her 4x4 to drive seven or eight hundred metres, not combining it with any other activity such as shopping. We had no choice because we live 12km from the school of which 11km is a departmental road with fast stretches, trucks and loonies galore using it. We had no choice.
Then comes college/secondary school and the vast majority of young people appear to be abandoned to their own devises. As probably in my own time, leaving school we formed in groups of rabble, but seeing them just hanging around with their music blasting out (often several competing), trying to scrounge cigarettes from people and generally not really being a nuisance but an irritation. We occasionally collect because otherwise they will be over an hour getting home with their respective buses.
How does one school year to the next define they are like precious, delicate porcelain and the next year fending for themselves. I have been studying children for four decades but parents never. I always look at the scenario with the eyes of the anthropologist but it is a bit of human behaviour that I can't crack. I have asked a few people, but none of them really knows. It is just something that is done, therefore...