Leading French unions boycott job creation summit

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during a social conference with unions and employers on July 7, 2014 at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of France (CESE) headquarters in ParisA summit aimed at creating half a million badly needed jobs in France got off to a rocky start on Monday, with two major labour organisations saying they would boycott the event. President Francois Hollande opened the two-day conference, where he hopes to hammer out a deal to create more jobs to lower France’s record unemployment in return for corporate tax and benefit cuts.

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