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France — One million unemployed to lose their rights to unemployment benefit

27 January 2010

Secretary of State for Labour, Laurent Wauquiez has confirmed that between 900,000 and 1 million unemployed will reach the end of their unemployment benefit entitlements in 2010, France Soir reports.

Wauquiez said "every year an average of 700,000 to 750,000 reach the end of their unemployment benefit entitlements. With the economic crisis there will be 150,000 more."

Once individuals are no longer entitled to unemployment benefit they can claim 'Specific Solidarity Allocation' (ASS), which amounts to roughly 454 Euro per month or for a similar social security arrangement called 'Active Solidarity Revenue' (RSA).
There are, however, a large number of people who will not have rights to any social payments from the government because such entitlements are based on means testing and have to take into account the income of the household and the ownership of assets, such as properties.

According to French union CGT, 600,000 of the expected 1 million whose unemployment benefit is about to expire will get nothing. A further 16% are registered with the job centres 'Pole Emploi' to be in line for ASS, 22% are registered for RSA.
President Sarkozy said on television channel TF1 "nobody will be abandoned and we don't need a nanny state in France. What people want is not to be unemployed for three years, they want jobs."



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