Despite France's high unemployment figures, French President Emmanuel Macron lectured an unemployed gardener that there are plenty of employers seeking new hires.
"I can find you a job just by crossing the road," Macron said, after the man brought up his worry of finding a job during a public encounter in Paris on Sunday.
The gardener responded that employers haven't been returning his inquiries.
"If you are ready and motivated, in hotels, cafes and construction, everywhere I go people say to me that they are looking for staff," Macron replied.
"Yes, but there's nothing," said the man.
A poll released Sunday shows fewer than one-in-five French people approve of Macron's performance as president.
Christophe Castaner, leader of Macron’s Republic On The Move party, dismissed the poor figures, saying it “reflects the impatience, the expectations, the demands of the French people.”
“The French people sometimes think that with a wave of a magic wand or a click of the fingers we can repair this country, which was greatly weakened and still is today,” Castaner said. “But it takes time.”
“The best way to improve purchasing power is to make sure people who don’t have a job can find one. The Bank of France has predicted unemployment will fall to 8.5 percent in 2020 from 9.1 percent this year."
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