Youth condemn Macron’s aspiration
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)