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Emmanuel Macron brings back French national military service to help build social cohesion

Emmanuel Macron brings back French national military service to help build social cohesion

The French government has announced it will introduce a "Universal National Service" for young citizens, as President Emmanuel Macron delivers on one of his campaign pledges.

Macron vowed to reintroduce national service – abolished in France in 2001 – if he was voted into office.

The president wants to implement a month-long service for young French citizens, giving them "a direct experience of military life with its know-how and demands".

Although defence minister Florence Parly suggested the service would "probably not be obligatory", government spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux told Radio Classique, "It will be universal, it will concern everyone and it will be obligatory".

The plan could also face legal challenges.

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