National civic service

National civic service - 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 project of French President Emmanuel Macron. For a fortnight, the 15- and 16-year-olds will leave home for training in first aid and other basic skills, followed later by another two weeks of volunteering. Macron caused surprise on the campaign trail in 2017 by promising to introduce a month-long compulsory national service, saying he wanted to give girls and boys "a direct experience of military life".

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Evening Update Wednesday 13 November

The inauguration of Line 3 of the tramway in Nice took place today Evening Update Wednesday 13 November Read More

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French cycling great dies

The French cyclist Raymond Poulidor, nicknamed "Poupou", has died at the age of 83 years old. Poulidor was renowned for finishing on the podium of the... French cycling great dies Read More

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Low flying jet

Residents in Antibes have taken to social media expressing their concerns after a “deafening noise” was heard at 10.30pm on Tuesday. ... Low flying jet Read More

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Line 3 of Nice tramway inauguration

The inauguration of Line 3 of the Nice tramway is taking place today. Line 3 of Nice tramway inauguration Read More

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French and Riviera News Wednesday 13th November 2019

A man has appeared in court in Nice accused of raping eleven boys. The man had already been sentenced to nine years in prison for the same crime in th... French and Riviera News Wednesday 13th November 2019 Read More

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