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French jobless total rises

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Unemployment in France jumped to its highest level in 10 years in the final three months of last year, as companies cut jobs in reaction to sluggish economic growth.

The jobless rate was 9.6 percent of the working population, up from 9.1 percent in the previous quarter.

Young people are suffering worst with nearly a quarter of under 25s out of work.

France does not produce a monthly jobless rate, but the European Union’s statistics office said this week that French unemployment rose to 10.1 percent in January.