French small business faces job-creation hurdles

Associated Press
French small business faces job-creation hurdles

Daniel Joutard, director and founder of Ainy poses during an interview with the Associated Press in Paris, Thursday, Sept, 13, 2012. Joutard wants to hire more employees for his growing, innovative skin-care products company, but can't take the risk in large part because of France's inflexible workplace protections. The 37-year-old is among thousands of small- and medium-size business owners who will be crucial to help France _ like other countries in Europe _ reduce a double-digit jobless rate, and ultimately shrink its hefty state budget deficit by bringing in more tax revenues. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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