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Doing a fake job to find a real job in France

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Many unskilled workers in France end up at Pole Emploi, the French unemployment office, looking for work.
Many unskilled workers in France end up at Pole Emploi, the French unemployment office, looking for work. Reuters/Eric Gaillard

French President François Hollande's promises of reducing unemployment have not panned out, and at the start of 2016, he has promised more training for the unskilled, many of whom end up on the unemployment list for months, if not years at a time. But not all training programmes are created equal. RFI visits a centre that is part of the European Practice Enterprise Network, which puts students to work in fake companies churning out fake products, to try to teach them real work skills in the process.

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