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Be careful what you wish for... France is every bit as bureaucratic as Belgium. (Which probably explains why the French tell Belgian jokes and the Belgians tell French jokes.)

You're unfortunately caught up in a bad economy just at a time when most governments are cracking down on hiring illegal foreigners. So, it makes sense that the agencies are simply dealing with the most routine workers who can provide all the "usual" documents - and may be having trouble placing them as it is.

The working holiday programs have also not been well publicized in country (certainly not here in France), so companies you approach may be wary of your status and right to work, given that you don't have a national registration number.

You might try either getting some sort of attestation from the ministry (as suggested) or at least try and find some official document or site that explains the working holiday visa program and how it works for employers. (The ministry may be able to point to information about it on their website.) Take that with you to explain the working holiday program to either the agencies or potential employers.

Most working holiday programs seem to be directed toward young people, at the start of their career, with limited job skills. You might find it easier to find a job if you lower your sights a bit and go with something less specialized/qualified - like working in the hotel or restaurant industry.
Cheers,
Bev
 
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