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Hollande pledges action for France's future
At a seminar on France's future, President Francois Hollande on Monday unveiled his 10-year roadmap aimed at promoting economic recovery and boosting employment.

"We are gathered here this morning to address not only the immediate and urgent, but also to say what we want to do in France for the next 10 years," he said at the seminar with the theme of "France in 2025," where the cabinet members met for the first time after returning from a short summer break to mull the future of Europe's second largest economy.

The meeting came several days after France reported a surprise GDP growth of 0.5 percent in the second quarter of 2013, the strongest performance since two years ago. The news confirmed France's exit from recession and gave Hollande's government new confidence to rebuild the economy and boost employment in the coming years.

Hollande pledged to strengthen France's position as one of the world leaders of industrial innovation to respond to "the needs of tomorrow's economy and especially the middle classes in emerging countries."

"Without strong industry, the balance of our trade can not be found. Without the development of services, there may be no job creation," he told his ministers.

In addition, the Socialist head of state promised to create the best environment for exporters, stimulate innovation and create new industrial sectors such as digital, bio-technology, energy storage sectors.

Looking to 2025, Hollande wanted to enhance the country's human capital by improving French youth's training to facilitate their recruitment mainly in innovative posts and "jobs for the future."

According to an Ifop survey released on Sunday, two thirds of French people thought that French economy was still mired in the economic and financial crisis.

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