The new socialist government of President Francois Mitterrand is facing the highest unemployment France has known.
GV EXTERIOR Renault factory, Billancourt, Paris
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SV INTERIOR People searching for jobs at job centre (5 shots)
SV People waiting to be interviewed
SV Employment officer talking to employer on telephone while applicant looks on and leaves (3 shots)
GV & CU Bookstall with poster "Will 1982 be a repeat?"
GV Employers' Association advertising jobs with CU of job employment cards (3 shots)
GV "Manpower" office with jobs advertised in window (2 shots)
GV & CU Advertising jobs on electronic billboard (2 shots)
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Background: The new socialist government of President Francois Mitterrand is facing the highest unemployment France has known. A total 2,019,000 people were out of work on December 31. According to the National Employment Agency the figures corresponds to about 30,000 more registered unemployed for December and an increase of 40,000 -- 23.7 per cent -- over the whole of 1981. At the end of December the unemployed accounted for 9.8 per cent of the population. When the Socialists took office last May it was about 8.7 per cent or 1,723,700 people after correcting for seasonal variations. Hardly any sector of the economy has escaped -- car production has gone into recession and factories have been closed or workers put on short-time. There are numerous applicants for every job in the crowded job centres. Economic forecasts for the future look equally gloomy. The problem for France and indeed the whole of Western Europe is what sort of job opportunities there will before the future -- will the schoolchildren of today inherit the legacy of unemployment from their elders?