France’s jobless level at new low

But 7% target is tough 

Jobless numbers have fallen to their lowest since 2008 and the financial crash.

They hit 8.1% in the last months of 2019, giving a glimmer of hope for the Macron government as it faces pension protests.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in a TV interview that it was a “decisive success for France and a decisive success for the economic policies of the last three years”.

It meant 26 departments were now in “practically full employment”.

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