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La Croix - France | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Empty France's social hammock

The French unemployment agency announced on Wednesday that it would do more in future to make sure that those registered as unemployed are really looking for work. The move is seen as breaking a taboo in the country, where more than 3.5 million people are currently unemployed. The Catholic daily La Croix nevertheless backs the plan: "Certainly, not many people deliberately abuse the unemployment insurance system by claiming benefits for as long as possible. Nevertheless such people do exist and must be punished for two reasons. On the one hand because they discredit all the others who are unemployed. On the other because they're exploiting a system that relies on mutual benefits and contributions from workers and employers. Abusing that system is to take advantage of those who work and needlessly increase companies' costs. And that, in turn, creates unemployment."

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