THE unemployment figure hit 10% in January, the first time it has reached this level in five years.
Figures released by the French statistics office INSEE show the number of people searching for work has hit this psychologically important point.
The French government has made the fight to cut unemployment levels one of its main tasks for 2005.
But with just over 2.7 million people out of work, the unemployment rate has risen by 1.2 per cent in the past 12 months.
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