Raffarin warns jobless will risebefore ‘second half’ fall

29th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 29 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin warned Tuesday that figures for the French unemployment trend would continue to be bad for a few more months before improving towards the end of the year on stronger-than-expected growth.

PARIS, June 29 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin warned Tuesday that figures for the French unemployment trend would continue to be bad for a few more months before improving towards the end of the year on stronger-than-expected growth.

"We are going to have bad unemployment figures for a few months, but economic growth will create jobs in the second half," Raffarin told Europe 1 radio.

"I know it will take time for growth to be felt by each French citizen, but it is there."

French jobless figures for May are to be released on Wednesday.

"By 2007 we will have a significant fall in unemployment," Raffarin forecast, adding that his government aimed at ensuring growth was more widely shared among the population.

 

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