France tests civic service for teenagers

About 2,000 youngsters, including 50 disabled teenagers, were chosen out of 4,000 volunteers for the first trial of a new national civic service, imbued with a military ethos, which was first proposed by President Emmanuel Macron during his election campaign.

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Nearly two decades after France phased out conscription for men, some 2,000 teenagers on Sunday began a pilot programme for a new national civic service, a pet project of French President Emmanuel Macron, reports FRANCE 24.