One in four young people in Europe are out of work. These 20-somethings share their stories.
Joachim Hincelin knew it would be difficult to find a job after completing his architecture degree in Paris, but didn't realize how tough it would be.
"I have been searching quite actively for three months. I still haven't found anything and I'm even having some difficulty securing interviews," he said.
Many of his friends are also struggling to find work in their field, with some opting to leave France or accept work in a different sector.
The French economy barely grew in 2013, acting as a drag on the eurozone's wider recovery from its longest recession on record.
French unemployment is higher than a year ago, at just under 11%.
--Interview conducted by CNN's Lilia Blaise, with assistance from CNN's Niki Cook.