After a slight fall in October, the number of registered job-seekers rose again to 3.29 million, close to the record reached earlier in the year.
But total unemployment and underemployment stood at 4.87 million, down 6,900, leading Labour Minister Michel Sapin to claim that the trend is still downwards.
Youth unemployment, down one per cent in November, continued to fall.
Economists are waiting for the last quarter's figures before making a final judgement, but national statistics institute, Insee, predicts only feeble growth and unemployment of 11 per cent at the beginning of 2014 with a new rise in the jobless figures in the middle of the year.
"November's unemployment figures offset October's but they don't change the tendency," Hollande said in a statement. "The reversal of the upward trend in unemployment, which I promised, has begun."