French unemployment hits record high
The number of unemployed people in France has hit a record high. Official figures have shown there are 3.2 million people unemployed in France, which is 11.5% more than this time last year.
Unemployment records began in 1996, and the newly released figures are the highest the country has seen.
At the end of 2012, the unemployment rate was 10.2%, and current unemployment had not breached the 10.7% high seen in 1997.
Francs’ President Francois Hollande spoke during a state visit to China; he said the government’s priority was tackling France’s rising unemployment. At a news conference, he said: “Everything the government does, in every ministry, must be to continue to strengthen the battle for jobs.”
“I want all the French people to unite behind this one national priority.” The President also promised to reverse the level on unemployment by the end of this year.
The figures are released only a day after neighbouring country, Spain, announced record levels of unemployment amid its continuing recession.