24 December 2014 Last updated at 12:47

French jobless total at new record  logo is seen on the entrance of a Pole Emploi office (National Agency for Employment)

The number of people seeking work in France has risen to a record high, official figures show.


WeldingUK productivity shows small rise

UK workers managed to increase their output per hour by 0.6% in the July-to-September period, the Office for National Statistics has said.

Christmas workersChristmas Day sees 2.9% at work

About 863,000 people were working on Christmas Day 2012 - 2.9% of the UK's total workforce - according to the most up-to-date figures.

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