FRENCH unemployment levels appear to have stabilised, but the figure still stands at 9.9 per cent.
French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has pledged to get the figure down to 9 per cent in 2005, but many think this will be a difficult challenge.
The French national statistics office INSEE, is predicting the unemployment figure may fall to 9.7 per cent by June 2005.
The number of unemployed people in France currently stands at just below 2.5 million.
Yahoo France features an article that looks at the problems the country faces this coming year if it is to tackle its jobless total.
Jobless total fails to budge