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French restaurant and hotel sector turns to asylum seekers to fill job vacancies

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Karim (right), one of many unemployed youngsters hoping to find a job at the LHR jobfair for hotel and restaurant sector in Paris.
Karim (right), one of many unemployed youngsters hoping to find a job at the LHR jobfair for hotel and restaurant sector in Paris. RFI/HIRD

French President Emmanuel Macron created a stir last week when he was filmed telling an unemployed gardener he could easily find a job by crossing the road and looking in high-demand sectors like restaurants and the hotel trade. Industry officials say there are indeed some 100,000 hotel and restaurant jobs that need filling in France. They’ve called on President Macron to fast-track asylum seekers with relevant experience to cover the shortage.

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