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Air Helps Jobless With Transport

May 5, 1998

PARIS (AP) _ Air France plans to help the unemployed by offering them reduced rates on flights to job interviews.

Air France president Jean-Cyril Spinetta and Michel Bernard, the head of the National Association for Employment, on Tuesday signed an agreement to help jobless workers.

Under the accord, Air France will offer the unemployed round-trip tickets costing 400 francs ($66) on 250 of the company’s direct flights within France. Reductions will be offered on other flights on the basis of available seats.

The employment association will reimburse the Air France for part of the fare.

France’s unemployment rate is 12 percent, and joblessness is considered the country’s No. 1 problem.