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French unemployed to demand compensation from jobs centre

Six French jobseekers will make history this week by demanding compensations from the national employment agency of up to 300,000 euros ($390,000) each for failing to find them jobs, their lawyers said Tuesday. A record 3.26 million people are now unemployed in France and Socialist President Francois Hollande's pledge to reverse the rise in joblessness by the end of the year seems untenable, experts say. The government blames the situation on the eurozone crisis and says it inherited a messy economy from the conservative government of Hollande's predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

French jobless claims hit all-time high in March

By Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - More people were out of job in France in March than at any other time in the past, data on Thursday showed, a bleak record that cast new doubt on government promises to reverse the unemployment trend by year-end. The new 3.225 million record, an 11.5 percent annual increase, is a symbolic blow to Socialist President Francois Hollande, whose approval ratings have sunk to the lowest of any modern French leader in recent months as jobless claims soared.

Jobless man sets fire to himself at French employment office

PARIS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - A jobless man died on Wednesday after setting himself on fire in front of a state employment agency that had rejected his request for unemployment benefits, the government said. Djamal Chaab, 43, had warned a branch of the Pole Emploi national employment agency in Nantes, western France, on Tuesday that he planned to kill himself, the agency said in a statement. Although police and firemen were on alert around the agency, they were unable to stop him setting fire to himself.
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