Tougher sanctions as job-seekers told to take less pay

Tougher measures to force jobless people to do more to find work could see benefits removed for four months.

The sanctions will also mean a claimant who refuses a reasonable job will lose their payments – even if the pay level is less than was previously used to define a “reasonable” job.

The moves are harsher than proposals set out last spring and come as President Macron said in his new year message that he wanted unemployment benefit reformed to promote the return to sustainable employment.

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