Unemployed French man sets self on fire

2013-02-17 02:44:07 GMT2013-02-17 10:44:07(Beijing Time)  SINA.com
A jobless man in France has set himself on fire in front of an employment agency, police officials say.A jobless man in France has set himself on fire in front of an employment agency, police officials say.

A French man has reportedly set himself on fire in southeastern part of the country with no immediate details on the motivation behind the self-immolation.

According to media reports, the incident took place on Friday in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne commune and the man was rushed to the hospital due to his severe injuries.

On Friday, a 49-year-old unemployed man doused himself in gas and set himself ablaze in Paris after being told that he was ineligible for unemployment benefits.

He was transferred to a hospital for medical treatment.

On February 13, another jobless French man died after setting himself on fire in front of the state employment agency in the western city of Nantes.

Reports say that the man had informed the journalists of his decision, warning he would set himself on fire this week.

In August 2012, another jobless man, aged 51, also died of self-immolation in Paris.

The number of jobless people in France has risen for the past 20 months, with economic analysts believing the rate would soon reach the record high set in 1997 of 3.2 million.

In December 2012, government official unemployment figures showed that 3.13 million people were registered in the country’s jobless program in November, a rise of 29,300 compared to October.

The French unemployment rate has increased since President Francois Hollande took office in May 2012.

(Agencies)

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