Most French think Hollande will miss 2013 jobs target
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A recent Ifop poll indicates 84 percent of French citizens believe that President François Hollande will fail to deliver on his top political priority: a pledge to lower unemployment by the end of 2013.
With jobless rates recently hitting an all-time high, a sizable majority of French citizens believe that President François Hollande will miss his goal of slashing unemployment by the end of 2013, a new poll showed on Wednesday.
A July 29-31 survey carried out by the Ifop polling agency and published in the right-wing “Valeurs Actuelles” magazine showed that 84 percent of the French believe Hollande will fail to deliver on lowering unemployment, something he has made his top political priority.
Hollande has said that an increase in state-subsidised jobs will allow him to achieve a turnaround in unemployment, despite predictions by the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and other economic analysts that France will take a while to achieve significant job growth.
Jobless claims hit an all-time record of 3.28 million in June, but rising business confidence and better-than-expected industrial output figures have offered some evidence that France may be exiting a shallow recession.
In a similar poll taken in January, 25 percent of those surveyed said Hollande would likely manage to reduce unemployment by his year-end goal.
(FRANCE 24 with wires)