Claim that has surfaced in local TV station coverage of French election:

There are 6 millions of Muslims in France, but only 800 thousands of them work

Are these numbers accurate?

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    Can you link to a source of the claim? – Peter - Unban Robert Harvey May 5 '17 at 15:51
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    Please avoid any answers based on partial data: Muslims do not live exclusively in banlieues and are not necessarily immigrants. – Sklivvz May 5 '17 at 18:26
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    does the figure include people who aren't considered employable by usual unemployment statistics definition? (e.g. minors)? – user5341 May 5 '17 at 19:07
  • @user5341 it seems to be the case (e.g. there are 66 million people in france but only 19 million are employed, which seems to be on the same order of magnitude, percentage-wise, 29% instead of 13%), but of course I haven't looked at any specific evidence. – Sklivvz May 5 '17 at 23:48
  • @Sklivvz: I found 65 million people in the UK in 2015 and 29.8 million employed in the UK in 2013 (employment numbers at gov.uk/government/news/… ) and statista.com/statistics/275310/employment-in-france shows 25 million employed in France. I wonder if different countries have different definitions of "employed". – gnasher729 May 6 '17 at 21:04

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