Criticism mounts of national service plan

President Macron announced the service could be for as long as six months

Financial and legal obstacles are mounting against Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reintroduce obligatory national service in France. 

A committee examining the details of the project is due to report in April on its feasibility but in the meantime mixed messages from the government over whether the scheme will be compulsory or not have fuelled criticism.

Mr Macron, 40, is the first modern-day president not to have carried out national service himself [it ...

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