PARIS--France's unemployment rate dropped to a five-year low in the first quarter, as the job market improved for the country's young people.

The unemployment rate fell to 9.6% in the first quarter of the year from 10% at the end of 2016, national statistics agency Insee said. Unemployment among 15 to 24 year-olds fell to 22.3% from 23.7%.

In mainland France--excluding overseas territories--the unemployment rate fell to 9.3% from 9.7%.

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