Disillusioned young people – France thinks it has a solution

Macron.jpg

Mr Emmanuel MACRON, President of France. Copyright: European Union Event: European Council – June 2019 (Day 1)

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum.

Author: Johnny Wood, Senior Writer, Formative Content


France is trialling a new national service programme for 15 and 16-year-olds, twenty years after the country phased out conscription for men.

Called the “service national universel” (SNU), the scheme was proposed by French president Emmanuel Macron, reports France 24. It will see thousands of teenagers spend 10 days learning key skills like map reading and first aid.

Wearing navy uniforms, the first group of 2,000 volunteers will take over boarding schools, holiday villages and university campuses. Each morning they will sing the French national anthem, and gain direct exposure to military-style life.

Later this summer, the recruits will take part in collective projects such as volunteering for charity work or local government.

Image: Statista

Compulsory service

President Macron has presented the SNU as a way of developing patriotism and national cohesion among the French youth.

At the moment, participation is voluntary but in the future the programme could expand to include 800,000 teenagers each year and be compulsory for young people to take part.

While a YouGov poll last year found that a majority of French people support mandatory national service, the new programme is not without its critics. Military and student groups have condemned its high cost.

Some of France’s neighbours have national service, including Switzerland, which voted on three separate occasions against plans to eliminate the draft.

Other European nations have brought back conscription. Lithuania returned to national service due to security concerns, while Sweden revived its programme last year after a seven-year break that saw a drop in new recruits to the military.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Human rights breaches in Iran, Egypt and Tanzania

Not faith, ‘but those who manipulate the faithful’ driving wedge between religions, UN-backed forum in Baku told

European Commission increases support for the EU’s beekeeping sector

Civil society groups matter for Cambodia’s sustainable development: UN expert

Portugal: Budget MEPs back €4.66 m in job-search aid for 730 redundant workers

UN agency chiefs issue ‘call to action’ on behalf of refugee children

‘InvestEU’ programme: big boost for jobs, growth and investment

A Sting Exclusive: “Junior Enterprises themselves carry out projects focusing on the environment”, JADE President Daniela Runchi highlights from Brussels

Berlin’s governing elite leads Eurozone to recession to win the September election in Germany

Tobacco in Pakistan: is it worth to burn your money?

End fossil fuel subsidies, and stop using taxpayers’ money to destroy the world: Guterres

Our idea of what makes a company successful needs to change. And it starts with making waste expensive

Deadly violence at Israel-Gaza border escalates dangerously: UN chief condemns in strongest terms

UN chief calls for ‘solidarity, compassion and action’ on World Refugee Day

Supermarket supply chains are driving poverty and inequality. We can do better

Could a Digital Silk Road solve the Belt and Road’s sustainability problem?

UN ceasefire monitoring chief tours Yemeni port of Hudaydah

The fatal consequences of troika’s blind austerity policy

The Banking Union divides deeply the European Union

COP24: green, gender focus, as UN’s crucial climate change conference gets underway

Economic sentiment and business climate stagnate in miserable euro area

Back to the basics for the EU: Investment equals Growth

Reforms in Lithuania are reinforcing economic growth but boosting productivity is still a challenge

Tackling ‘deeply worrying’ global rise in anti-Semitism is a job for all societies everywhere, says UN chief

Tackle ‘tsunami of hatred’ across the world urges Guterres, to counter anti-Semitism, racism and intolerance

‘Still time’ to stop a ‘bloody battle’ for Libya’s capital, insists Guterres

These charts show where the world’s refugees came from in 2017 – and where they’re heading

Costa Rica has doubled its tropical rainforests in just a few decades. Here’s how

The next Google in biotech: will it be Chinese?

Yemen update: UNICEF chief condemns attack in Taiz that claims lives of seven children

Illegal fishing: EU lifts Taiwan’s yellow card following reforms

The European Sting Cookie Policy

Eurozone: How safe are our deposits? Which banks will survive?

We have to learn to trust Artificial Intelligence. Here’s how

Towards a climate-neutral Europe: EU invests over €10bn in innovative clean technologies

Stable growth momentum in the OECD area

Encouraging progress made in 2018, in ‘zero tolerance’ effort to end sexual exploitation and abuse across UN

Politics needs to “Youth UP” in order the ensure the future of our democracies

“Joining forces to #BeatPollution”, a Sting Exclusive by the Head of UNEP in Brussels

EU and China seize momentum to enhance trade agreements in response to Trump’s administration

Explained, the economic ties between Europe and Asia

Here are four ways ASEAN can help entrepreneurs thrive – especially women

Security spillovers from Trump’s trade wars: China, Germany prepare for global disorder

Following the World Cup? Then you’re watching high-performing migrants at work

The Shifting Rhythms of Harmonious China: Ancient, Modern & Eternal

In Sweden you can roam anywhere you like, without the landowner’s permission

5 ways to net a sustainable future for aquaculture

MEPs back update of rail passenger rights across EU

Summer JADE Meeting 2015: We came curious, we left inspired

Russia can no longer be considered a ‘strategic partner’, say MEPs

UN affirms ‘historic’ global compact to support world’s refugees

Women’s empowerment ‘essential to global progress’ says Guterres, marking International Day

Global climate change: consequences for human health in Brazilian cities

Microplastics have spread right to the sea bed, study finds

‘Bicycle Kingdom’ makes a comeback, as China seeks solutions to tackle air pollution crisis

Foreign direct investments the success secrete of Eurozone

The strong version of the EU banking union gains momentum

3 ways AI will change the nature of cyber attacks

UN’s Guterres condemns ongoing airstrikes on Syria’s hospitals, medical workers

Lagarde’s metamorphoses, not a laughing matter

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s