French unemployment has risen again as companies laid off people in response to the slowing economy.
The November figures showed the total number of jobseekers was up by 64,000. That followed on from an increase of almost 47,000 in October. The data is not presented in line with the widely-recognised International Labour Office model but it is politically significant in France as it is the number most frequently mentioned by politicians such as President Nicholas Sarkozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon. The ILO calculation is that 7.3 percent of the working population is now without a job in France. Patrick Devedjian, who Sarkozy has put in charge of a recovery plan for the French economy, called the figures terrible and catastrophic. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development is predicting the total will rise to 8.2 percent next year.