France’s citizenship scheme gets under way

Service National Universel students line up in uniform during the trial

A trial of a month-long national service scheme to help teenagers understand what it means to be a French citizen has had mixed reviews

Teenagers taking part in a trial of a national service scheme have welcomed the discipline and aim of the project – despite concerns about its set-up.

Service National Universel (SNU) was a campaign promise of President Emmanuel Macron and is intended to “promote a sense of civic duty and national unity among French youth”.

Students who go through the course will be presented with a “citizen passport”.

They can choose to take additional courses after 16 if they wish - and, on passing, could be entitled to certain privileges, such as simplified application and lower costs for a driving licence.

Angélique LIGUORO with Secretary of State Gabriel Attal

Angélique Liguoro, 16, is taking part in the first experimental phase of SNU and thinks it is a great opportunity.

“A lot of young people today ...

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