June 17, 2020 / 6:47 AM / 23 days ago

CORRECTED-7.8 million French on temporary unemployment packages at end-May: minister

(Corrects figure spent in par 2 to 17 billion euros, not 7 billion euros)

PARIS, June 17 (Reuters) - Around 7.8 million French people were on temporary unemployment packages at the end of May, said French jobs minister Muriel Penicaud on Wednesday.

Penicaud also told Radio Classique that the French state had spent around 17 billion euros ($19.2 billion) on those packages in the last three months.

$1 = 0.8864 euros Reporting by Dominique Vidalon and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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