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So, you have become unemployed. You did not start your job thinking that one day you will get sacked. Yet, here you are. There is no need to worry because you will receive income support. Despite the fact that there are many unemployed people in France and the tough economic times, the government still manages to find the resources to support employees who are out of work. Many say that France is one the best places in the world to be unemployed and we agree. The unemployment benefits are so good in fact that you will want to get fired. If you are working in France, notify the authorities as soon as possible.


Who is eligible for unemployment benefits?

Anyone with a low income is eligible to receiving income support. However, there is a catch: you have to have contributed to the French social security scheme for a minimum of 4 months. This means that you have to work to get income support. To get unemployment benefits, you also have to meet the following rules:

  • Be 25 years old
  • Be a permanent resident
  • Not have left your job on your own

If you meet this criteria, then you receive unemployment benefits. For specific details, you will have to get your hands on the telephone allocations chomage 93 and telephone Pôle Emploi.

How good are employment benefits in France?

Pôle Emploi – French Employment Centre – offers you financial support until you find work. The amount of the unemployment benefits is based on how much you have contributed to the scheme. The minimum amount payable is €27.66 per day. In the case that you were made redundant, you get enhanced benefits. Unemployment compensation is equal to 70% of the standard pay, which is more than enough to make ends meet. The allowance is paid for a minimum period of 4 months, but the duration can be extended.

Why is the French state so generous?  

It is only normal to want to know why the French state is so generous with those who have lost their jobs. The answer is simple: France wants to be as nice to unemployed workers as possible. That and the fact that the state has understood that helping people get back into the job market is nothing but good for the economy. Basically, there is no hidden disadvantage. France is genuinely considerate, but you should know that it is not the most generous European country. Yet, unlike some of its neighbors, like Denmark and the UK, France does not impose harsh conditions when it comes to contributing to the social security scheme. In the aforementioned countries, you have to work for at least 6 months.    

Changes in unemployment benefits in 2018

This is not to scare you, but there are expected major changes in income support in 2018. What will change? It seems that freelancers and people who have resigned will be able to claim unemployment benefits. These modifications will be set in place so that everyone can enjoy the same opportunities. As you can see, these are positive changes.


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