Youth con­demn Macron’s as­pi­ra­tion

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PARIS: Fif­teen French stu­dent and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions have con­demned Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s as­pi­ra­tion to es­tab­lish a form of com­pul­sory na­tional ser­vice for young peo­ple.

“France must not present its young peo­ple with a debt to be paid, but en­cour­age them in their fu­ture con­tri­bu­tions,” the or­gan­i­sa­tions wrote in the Jour­nal du Di­manche news­pa­per.

Dur­ing his elec­tion cam­paign last year, Macron said na­tional ser­vice would be “a school of fra­ter­nity” and would not in­volve “rein­vent­ing” con­scrip­tion to the army.

The project has faced le­gal and lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges and no clear plan has yet emerged.

Le Jour­nal du Di­manche re­ported in April that a con­fi­den­tial re­port to Macron rec­om­mended an oblig­a­tory onemonth ser­vice.

That has not been of­fi­cially con­firmed. – dpa/african News Agency (ANA)

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