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An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-01-18

'1,000 new French jobseekers every day'

There's only one subject in the French papers this morning - today's crisis summit on unemployment chaired by Nicolas Sarkozy. The papers weight up various politicians' propositions for how to slash the soaring figures - without, it must be said, having much confidence in any of them.

Business paper Les Echos is not very impressed with Sarkozy's plan for "social" VAT to save employers cash on social security contributions - they say he announces new reforms so often voters have stopped listening.

Liberation reckons there are 1,000 new jobseekers in France every week - and they've evaluated every candidate's proposals to keep those numbers down.

Le Figaro, on the other hand, thinks Sarkozy is on exactly the right track - and if only it were cheaper to hire and easier to fire workers, everything would be resolved.

By Elena CASAS

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