Hiring surged in France in the first three months of the year, providing a strong stage for new President Emmanuel Macron’s economic plans.
Employment rose by 89,700 in the first quarter, a rise of 0.4pc - the fastest rise in a decade.
The vast majority of that was in the private sector as businesses’ headcount rose by another 80,300.
That means employment has risen sharply in the past year, jumping by 284,100 compared with the first quarter of 2016 - the biggest annual increase since 2011.
Total employment in France stands at 24.93m, according to national statistics agency INSEE.