France to give free access to contraception for women aged up to 25

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The policy announcement comes as President Emmanuel Macron's government prepares for the 2022 election campaign.

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France will make access to birth control free for women aged up to 25 years old from January 1 onwards, in a new measure that will cost the state 21 million euros ($24.8 million) per year, French health minister Olivier Véran said on Thursday, reports U.S. News & World Report.

The policy announcement comes as President Emmanuel Macron's government prepares for the 2022 election campaign.

"There is a decline in contraception use among some young women and it is mainly for financial reasons," Véran told France 2 television.

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