France's Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Since 2012: Chart

French unemployment fell to the lowest in almost five years at the start of 2017, with the figure for mainland France declining to 9.3 percent. That’s the same level as in the early days of Francois Hollande’s presidency, though it climbed as high as 10.1 percent during his term. Emmanuel Macron, who was sworn in just over a week ago, plans to liberalize the labor code to make hiring and firing easier.

— With assistance by Gregory Viscusi, and Catherine Bosley

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