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French unemployment hits new record in June

French unemployment hits new record in June
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The number of people without a job in France rose in June to a new record.

The Labour Ministry said the unemployment total in mainland France rose by 9,400 to 3,398,300.

That is a 4.0 percent increase on June last year and up 0.3 percent from May.

It is another blow to Socialist President Francois Hollande.

His popularity has plummeted as he has failed to come good on promises to get more people into work.

He is hoping plans to phase out 30 billion euros of payroll taxes will get companies investing and hiring.

There was some good news as the Labour Ministry said the number of job offers received by the state employment agency had risen 5.4 percent in June from May.