The forgotten jobless facing ruin under lockdown in France


After this week announcing the prolongation of the national lockdown on public movement to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus epidemic, the French government increased to 110 billion euros its financial aid package to cushion the effects of the shutdown. The aid, largely ploughed into helping businesses and paying the tab for their laid-off workforces, includes measures for low-income households and the extension of unemployment benefits for those about to lose them. “We provide responses to all human situations,” claimed labour minister Muriel Pénicaud. But, as Cécile Hautefeuille reports, a recent reform restricting access to the benefits system exposes many tens of thousands of the jobless to financial ruin.   

French jobless numbers down in final quarter of 2019

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The number of unemployed in France fell in the final quarter of 2019, down by 1.7% on the third quarter to total 3.309 million people, according to labour ministry figures released on Monday.

French jobless numbers fall by 1.8pct month-on-month in September

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A fall of 68,500 registered unemployed in September compared to August, leaving the official total number of jobless at 3,475,600, was the biggest monthly decrease registered since 1996.

French jobless numbers continue to fall in July

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Category 'A' unemployed fell by just more than 19,000, or 0.5%, month-on-month in July to total 3.5 million, following a fall in jobless numbers in the 2nd quarter.

French jobless numbers reach record 3.46 million

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The number of unemployed in mainland France rose by 28,400 in October to total 3,460,900, a 5.5 percent increase over one year.

France considers tightening controls on job-seekers

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Prime minister's call for reform provoked union outcry while survey shows up to 20 percent of job seekers are not actively seeking work.

French unemployment rate reaches 13-year high

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More than three million people are registered as unemployed in France, the highest number since 1999, according to latest official figures.