OECD tells France to speed reform
Friday 05 February 1999
The OECD says French unemployment remains much too high, partly because people can get more on benefits than in work, and partly because the minimum wage is too high. The report says the law to cut working hours may not create extra jobs if it adds to employers' costs. Growth of 2.4 per cent is forecast this year, followed by 2.6 per cent in 2000. But the OECD expects unemployment to remain above 11 per cent until next year.
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