A fillip for jobless youth
Education minister Claude Allegre has announced 40,000 new jobs in French schools in line with the government's plans for boosting youth employment.
The young people will be hired on five-year contracts starting this autumn, and employed for support tasks such as supervising homework sessions and organising cultural or sports activities. They will be paid at or above the minimum wage, with the state paying 80 per cent of their earnings and local authorities the rest.
One of prime minister Lionel Jospin's election promises was the creation of 700,000 new jobs, half of them in the public sector.