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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).
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.