Man sets himself ablaze outside French job center

A member of the media takes notes in front of an unemployment office in Nantes, western France, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2013. France's work ministry has said that a 43-year-old man died here Wednesday after setting himself on fire. In a statement, French Work Minister Michel Sapin called the death a

PARIS France's labor ministry says a 43-year-old man died after setting himself on fire outside a job center in the western city of Nantes.

The unemployment office where 43-year-old Djamal Chaab set himself on fire.

Djamal Chaab, whom authorities believe was unemployed, had informed the job center of his plan to take his own life, but authorities were unable to intervene in time. In a statement Wednesday, French Labor Minister Michel Sapin called the death a "shocking drama."

Like many countries across Europe, France has seen its unemployment rate rise in recent years as the financial crisis hurt the economy. France's jobless rate is now at its highest level in over a decade, at 10.3 percent, according to the national statistics agency, INSEE.