Emmanuel Macron said he did not believe 'for a second' China's claim that its economy grew by as much as 6.9 percent in 2015.
The number of unemployed in April rose by 0.7% to reach 3.53 million, despite France posting strong economic growth in first quarter.
Official data released Wednesday shows France has 3.424 million jobless, a 0.8% rise on June, and the ninth consecutive monthly increase.
Across Europe, governments have brought in massive budget cuts totalling up to 400 billion euros to stem rising deficits. Ministers say the cuts are necessary to bring about economic stability and reassure the markets. Critics say they are unjust, hitting the poorest the hardest, and unsound, marking a return to failed economic dogmas of the past. So are these so-called austerity plans really unavoidable? What do all these billions in announced savings really represent - and could these drastic plans in fact kill off any return to economic growth?