France: Unemployed in Same Dire Straits as in UK.
Things are not so different for the unemployed in France.
I was struck by this recent news.
An employee of Pôle Emploi (the French DWP that deals with the out-of-work) was found to have made up job ads for France’s Universal Jobmatch.
With a sense of humour not unlike the clever devils who’ve crept onto out beloved site he slipped in very special jobs (Story here).
“Cherche psychiatre ou magnétiseur pour aider les conseillers de Pôle Emploi. Public difficile, pathologies lourdes.”
“Looking for psychiatrist, or mesmerist, to help the Advisers of Pôle Emploi. A challenging clientele with deep pathologies.”
Often it’s not so funny.
This got the headlines recently.
France : Second French jobless man sets himself on fire after losing unemployment benefits
A jobless man has set himself on fire in Paris after losing unemployment benefits, two days after another man died in a similar incident in the country’s west.
Local police in the northern Parisian district of Saint-Ouen say the 49-year old sprayed himself with inflammable liquid before stepping onto clothes he had set alight.
Passers-by called emergency services. He has been taken to hospital with first- and second-degree burns.A local official says the man linked his suicide attempt to the fact that he was taken off unemployment benefits, but added the man also suffered “personal and family problems”.
On Wednesday, a 42-year old unemployed man of Algerian origin, Djamal Chaab, set himself alight and died in front of the government employment agency in the western city of Nantes.
The number of unemployed people has risen steadily in France over the past 20 months, with more than three million people out of work.
There is a very good movement of the Unemployed in France.
There are, to say, the least, militant.
Perhaps we ought to link up with them.