French president Emmanuel Macron has vowed to plough ahead with a campaign promise to re-introduce compulsory military service to France nearly two decades after it was scrapped.
During his election campaign Mr Macron pledged to give all young people “a direct experience of military life with its know-how and demands” and said restoring national service would inspire patriotism and social cohesion.
Between 600,000 and 800,000 young people are year would face military training and spend at least a month with the armed forces – at great cost to the French state.
Greece, Finland and Russia all have compulsory military service. Sweden, which abolished the practice in 2010, restored it in 2017 amid tensions in the Baltic Sea region.
Mr Macron won 24 percent of the vote in the first round of last year’s French presidential election, taking him through to the run-off where he been far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen.