France faces jobs crisis
Government feels pressure before elections as unemployment hits France's youth population hard.
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2012 17:36

Frustrations are growing in France over an unemployment rate that has almost reached 10 per cent.

In a bid to calm nerves, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is holding a summit to address joblessness, but many seem unconvinced by his ability to tackle the crisis.

The situation is especially stark for young people, and looks set to be a key issue in forthcoming presidential elections.

Al Jazeera's Jacky Rowland reports from Paris.

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