France sees big drop in unemployment rate in boost for Macron

The number of people unemployed in France has seen a big drop, according to new government figures. The news comes amid French President Emmanuel Macron's attempts to reinvigorate the country's labour market.

France sees big drop in unemployment rate in boost for Macron
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Unemployment figures dropped by a massive 1.8 percent during the month of September, according to the latest figures released by the Labour Ministry's statistics office Dares.
This marks a drop of 64,800 in the number of people looking for work – the biggest fall since 2001.
That means that there are currently 3.48 million people in metropolitan France seeking work and 3.73 million in the whole of the country. 
And it's certainly good news for the government, with the sharp decrease more than making up for unemployment levels rising during July and August. 
The news comes at a time when French President Emmanuel Macron is desperately trying to get unemployment figures down, which he is attempting to achieve with a series of controversial labour reforms.
Unemployment has remained stubbornly around the 10 percent mark in recent years, but Macon has vowed to cut it to 7 percent by the end of his five year term as president.
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Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.