France to announce new measures to tackle unemployment next month

PARIS, Rabi’I 03, 1437, December 14, 2015, SPA — The French government will announce new measures aimed at fighting unemployment next month, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday, according to Reuters.

Valls, speaking on national television a day after a second round of regional elections, did not spell out specific details but said Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri was preparing a “massive plan” to boost professional education.

“We must act quickly. These measures will be ready in January,” he told France 2 television.

France’s unemployment rate rose to 10.6 percent in the third quarter, its highest quarterly rate since 1997.

The regional election run-off, in which the conservatives won seven constituencies and the Socialists five, was no real victory for the two mainstream parties, who have been shaken by the far-right’s growing appeal to disillusioned voters.
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