The number of French unemployed has broken through the 3-million barrier for the first time since 1999, the country's leaders say.
The latest total adds pressure on President Francois Hollande, whose administration is under attack for not doing enough to fix the economy. France's unemployment rate is currently 10 percent.
Breaking the 3 million mark carries more symbolic importance than economic but it was covered extensively in the French media over the weekend. The Ministry of Employment says the 3-million threshold was crossed in 1996 and again in 1999.
Employment Minister Michel Sapin confirmed the total on French radio on Sunday and warned that the numbers would likely get worse.