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French Unemployment Up


French Unemployment Up


Unemployment in France has risen, according to the latest figures.

There were 2.7 percent more people looking for work in March, bringing the total unemployed to nearly two and a half million. The French government says it expects difficulties throughout 2009, but blames the problems on the global economic downturn . Young people have been hardest hit. There was an almost 50 percent increase in males under 25 seeking work. President Nicolas Sarkozy has unveiled a 1.3 billion euro plan to help young apprentices and jobseekers.

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