French Labour, Employment and Social Dialogue minister Michel Sapin speaks to journalists in a French state employment agency, Pole Emploi, in Nantes, western France on February 13, 2013 following the self immolation of an unemployed Frenchman outside the agency. 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
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (L) and his French counterpart Michel Sapin (R) speak during at a press conference following their meeting at the French Finance Ministry on February 1, 2015 in Paris, France. Yanis Varoufakis is on a two-days visit to Paris to launch the Greek new anti-austerity government's search for EU allies.
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French President Francois Hollande (L), French Finance Minister Michel Sapin (C) and newly-appointed Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron pose as they leave after a weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee presidential palace on August 27, 2014 in Paris, France.Francois Hollande was forced into the third major overhaul of his ministerial team in two years after a dispute over hauling the economy out of stagnation prompted the government's collapse.
French Minister of Economy and Economic Recovery Arnaud Montebourg (L) and French Minister of Labour Michel Sapin attend the European meeting for enterprises financing on April 22, 2014 in Lyon, France. Sapin and Montebourg are sharing responsibility for the economy based on the German model.
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Newly appointed French Labour Minister Francois Rebsamen (L) attends a handover ceremony with outgoing French Minister Michel Sapin at the Ministry in Paris on April 3, 2014, in Paris, France. France's newly reshuffled government took a combative tone with Brussels.