Hollande announces new measures to confront unemployment

François Hollande. Photo: Flickr.com/jmayrault

François Hollande.
Photo: Flickr.com/jmayrault

In the wake of the “Social Conference” that took place in Paris last month, President François Hollande announced new measures on Tuesday to tackle unemployment in France, including the proposition to fund 100,000 training schemes for young people by 2014.

30,000 of the 100,000 are aimed to be created by the end of 2013, while the remaining 70,000 are to be funded the following year. Hollande put forward these measures in a visit to Dunkerque on Tuesday.

The president elaborated on the plan at a press conference in Dunkerque, stating, “first of all, we are going to fill 30,000 training schemes by the end of the year. Secondly, we will present them to companies who argue that they are not able to find applicants who fit with their required skills and qualifications.” He went on to describe the situation as “urgent.”

As reported by Le Figaro and the AFP, a councillor close to the president stated the project is entering “an operational phase…where key leaders will get together to look at areas where jobs are not being filled and compare this with the profiles of jobseekers.”

It is thought that each year around 200,000 to 300,000 jobs are unfilled. Michel Sapin, Minister of Employment, has said that the plan should take off by the end of the summer.

A survey by BFM TV asked, “are the jobs of the future going to be proper jobs?”, with only 10% of the 1048 asked responding positively.

The Huffington Post is also questioning the plans and compares Hollande’s promises to those already made by Sarkozy during his term as president, writing, “Nicolas Sarkozy announced, in February 2011 on TF1, a similar plan to ‘support training for the unemployed’.” They describe it as a case of déjà vu for something previously unfulfilled.

This agenda comes at a time when there is general unease and concern for unemployment amongst young people in France and in the rest of Europe. A recent article in The New York Times (covered by LJP) argued that the best chance for the youth of France to find a successful career was to leave the country. Figures reported in The Guardian earlier this month claim eurozone unemployment to be at “record highs,” with “youth unemployment in France above 26%.”

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