The French people may cling to the branches of the trees. President Emmanuel Macron wants to three months of mandatory military or civilian service to enter. But even the army can see that not sitting.
‘Service national universel’ (SNU) or the introduction of a general civil service for young people: that promised the youngest French president at the time, in his election campaign. Now, take that plan shape …
‘Service national universel’ (SNU) or the introduction of a general civil service for young people: that promised the youngest French president at the time, in his election campaign. Now, take that plan shape. Macron wants every young person is three to six months in the service of the fatherland. It is a mandatory service for boys and girls. “But they should not be massive in the barracks’, promised the president.
What should the French 18-something to expect?
Yet many geïmproviseer of the government. Macron is committed to the big lines to push through, but all political parties have questions to the proposal. The national service is mandatory for everyone who is medically able to do so. Macron on the ‘exposure to the military’, but also want an option for non-military ‘civilian service’. As an example the engagement in the police called. After their eighteenth birthday, young people three years time to make their SNU to perform.
The goal? Macron explained in his manifesto a lot of emphasis on the introduction to the strategic interests of the country, and dealing with problems like terrorism and natural disasters. Others find that the civil service is important for the social engagement and social cohesion.
Each year, 600,000 to 800,000 young to be eligible. A fee for the youth nothing is known. At the end of april comes the government with a more detailed proposal, from 2019 should be the first conscripts to their civilian service to start.
Not everyone agrees
The parliamentary commission that the SNU prepared, called a mandatory civilian service ‘is not necessary and not desirable’. They came up with another proposal: a voluntary process of ‘national service’ in three stages. In secondary education, with a burgerstage, from the age of 16 a inlevingsweek to young people outside their own social environment’, and finally, the option of a voluntary civilian service (which already exists). But Macron pulled this week a solid line through that alternative. “We are going to indeed for the compulsory military service,” said government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux.
Problem: the army is up against. “It is not our role to burgersoldaten to lead and will never fight”, it sounds in Le Monde. Also youth organisations are up against. ‘An obligation suggests that young people need to be re-educated, while in the school must be done’, says UNEF, the national union for university students. “You will not better to live together by conscription. Young people pick up rather meaning from their own actions and choices.”
However, it is certain that the conscription, the French treasury is enormous much it would cost. Every year it goes to 2 to 3 billion euros, with up to 5 billion euros there, if the young people also property to offer.
And with us?
Also with us will return the call to the service reintroduction occasionally. In 2016, said an economist Brieuc Van Damme that by ‘young people of various origins together to stop the racism can let it melt away’. Youth Minister Sven Gatz (Open VLD) was in favour.
Just because of that argument, the French extreme-right party FN not in fact won for Macrons plan. “We are in principle in favour, but not if it serves to a forced multiculturalism on to insist,” said the vice-president of the FN, Nicolas Bay.