At 25 per cent, the high level of youth unemployment in France is a big problem - and it is playing prominently in the election campaign.
All the main candidates are trying to convince voters that they have a plan to get young people into jobs.
President Nicolas Sarkozy's solution is apprenticeships. But the opposition says that this plan will only sideline troubled teenagers.
Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from the outskirts of Paris.
Source: Al Jazeera