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France  plans to create 150,000 youth jobs
President Francois Hollande.

France's Socialist government has unveiled plans to subsidise the creation of tens of thousands of jobs for marginalised youth despite efforts to rein in the state budget deficit.

President Francois Hollande's Government announced yesterday 2.3 billion euros ($A2.8 billion) in subsidies in next year's budget aimed at creating 150,000 new jobs for youth by the end of 2014.

The plan - dubbed "jobs of the future" - is targeted mainly at 16 to 25-year-olds who don't have high-school diplomas and who come from poor urban and rural areas.

After unveiling the plan at a cabinet meeting, Labour Minister Michel Sapin said the measure aimed to hit at "the heart of youth unemployment" in France.

A bill on the measure will be submitted to France's National Assembly on September 10 and Mr Sapin said some jobs would be available as early as January.

Under the plan, the government will subsidise hirings in the public, non-profit and, to a smaller degree, private sectors to a maximum of 75 per cent of the minimum wage for three years.

With the number of unemployed nearing three million and polls showing his popularity falling, Hollande has made job creation his government's key goal.

But the President, who took power in May, is also struggling to find savings of 30 billion euros in next year's budget to meet EU deficit reduction rules.

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