ILO expert says creating jobs is key for new French leaderListen /
Promoting employment will be a key goal for the new French president.
That's according to Richard Torres, author of the recent World of Work report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
François Hollande, who was elected French President on Sunday, has inherited a country with 10 per cent unemployment.
Charles Appel reports.
Torres heads the ILO's International Institute for Labour Studies.
He said that while France's financial situation and competitiveness are better than those of some of its European neighbours, a major policy shift is necessary as the country moves forward.
Torres said it will be crucial for France to move out of what he called "the austerity trap" towards a strategy for growth and employment.
He added that it is now important to stimulate job-rich growth, ensure more progressive funding of social protection, and adopt a special programme to address youth unemployment which is currently double that of adult joblessness.
Charles Appel, United Nations.