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Members of the press stand outside a French state employment agency,... Nieuwsfoto'sBeroep,Frankrijk,Franse cultuur,Horizontaal,Human interest,Journalist,Kantoor,Loire-Atlantique,Mensen,Nantes,Volgen,Werkloosheid,ZelfmoordPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPMembers of the press stand outside a French state employment agency, Pole Emploi, in Nantes, western France on February 13, 2013 following the self immolation of an unemployed Frenchman. The man had sent messages to journalists warning he would set himself alight this week after being declared ineligible for unemployment benefits. The number of unemployed has risen steadily in France for the past 20 months, and could soon reach the record high set in January 1997 of 3.2 million. AFP PHOTO / ALAIN LEMASSON (Photo credit should read ALAIN LEMASSON/AFP/Getty Images)