Already in the first quarter, more than 500,000 jobs have been lost, largely because short-term contracts were not renewed as the economy locked out, agency data showed on Thursday. of INSEE official statistics.
“France will get there, it will recover and resume growth. We can reduce (unemployment), we can rebound from 2021 if we roll up our sleeves, go back to work and speed up the recovery, “said Le Maire. .
He added that the auto industry, one of the hardest hit, was already returning to normal with likely strong sales in June and July after selling almost no new cars during the lockdown.
(Report by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Myriam Rivet and Leigh Thomas; edited by Edmund Blair and David Evans)