France goes to war to reduce their unemployment rate to about 8.2%:
TROYES, France, Aug 31, 2006 (AFP) - The French government vowed Thursday to knock unemployment — the chief concern of French voters — below the symbolic two-million mark, as it unveiled a new jobs plan eight months ahead of presidential elections.
Jobless figures for July showed the unemployment rate below nine percent — at 8.9 percent of the workforce, or 2,159,900 people — for the first time in four years, and the government said it was confident it could slash the rate further still.
"Getting unemployment below the two-million mark: that is the next frontier. All our decisions must tend towards that aim," Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said as he unveiled the latest employment measures.
Villepin has put fighting unemployment at the centre of his agenda and has pledged to lower the number of unemployed workers to below two million by 2007.
Don't bite off more than you can chew, Monsieur. Remember that little fiasco the last time?