French president declares economic emergency


French President Francois Hollande oathed Monday to redefine France’s business model and declared what he ringed “a state of economic and social emergency,” unveiling a 2-billion-euro ($3.19 billion Cdn) chart to revive hiring and catch up with a fast-moving world economy.

The allots he proposed, however, are relatively modest, and he said they would not “put into problem” the 35-hour workweek. With his country under a state of emergency since extremist attacks in November, Hollande did not quest after to assume any new emergency powers over the economy.

In an annual speech to vocation leaders, Hollande laid out plans for training half a million jobless white-collar workers, greater use of apprenticeships, and aid for com nies that hire young workers.

Hollande’s Socialist management has struggled to boost long-stagnant French growth or reduce chronic unemployment, which has been all about 10 per cent for years. His chances of winning a potential second term may hinge on whether chores pick up before next year’s presidential vote.

Hollande forced the urgency of updating France’s labour-friendly business model in an increasingly border-free, online thrift. The measures included a loosening of France’s rigid working time decisions, and a bonus of 2,000 euros ($3,185 Cdn) to small businesses that engage young people.

He stressed the need to integrate youth from France’s troubled suburbs, encom ssing minorities who face job discrimination, into the global economy. High unemployment in France’s North African and African communities is witnessed as one of the factors driving some youths to violent extremism or the drug sell.

Some measures will be included in draft economic reform laws the ministry is presenting to rliament in the coming weeks.

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