The objective of the service is to “promote engagement of young people in the nation’s life, to value citizenship and reinforce social cohesion”.

During the first mandatory phase, teenagers will live collectively, ‘enabling them to create new relationships and to develop their cultural engagement as well as their role in society’, the government announced.

The second voluntary phase will last at least three months and up to a year. Young French people will be encouraged to serve “in an area linked to defence and security, as well as the environment, heritage preservation or social care,” the French education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told the press on Wednesday.

National service is expected to be implemented progressively starting in 2019.

Last year we reported that Sweden had announced the reintroduction of compulsory military service, as part of aims to rebuild national defences amid rising tensions in the region.

Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told a news conference said:

“I hope that we are going to find a path to a more stable, robust and functional means of recruitment.”

The new policy will affect Swedes born after 1999, according to a report by a former member of parliament for the defence ministry. Around 4,000 young Swedes are expected to be called up. The new model will be a lighter version of Sweden’s former conscription system. This time only a few thousand people from each year group will be drafted into compulsory service. People will still, as is the current system, be able to volunteer for military service.

36 COMMENTS

  1. I’m sure France’s ISIS loving population will embrace the chance to get military training and access to firearms and explosives. How long before they suffer a Fort Hood type attack ?

  2. Sorry but the headline to this article is misleading, the ‘Service National Universel’ applies to 16 year olds in France starting in 2019. This will represent one month working either in charities, or teaching or with the Police, Fire Service or Military etc. There is a voluntary follow on period for those who wish to continue their involvement. This is definitely not a National Service (conscription) in the UK understanding of the term.

  3. France can do all they like- why not get a standing army of 4.5 million men through conscription and national service while they are at it? oh wait they did that before……….and still got beaten. Tee Hee just jesting, could not resist the poke at the French.

  4. Seems like it’s got some potential to get young people from different cultures mixing, far too much self segregation along religious and racial lines going on all over Europe which is very unhealthy for all of us.

    • Yet also very natural, we don’t live in some airy fairy dream world, this is why European countries should not be swamped with Africans and Asians. We in Britain are already over 20% non White British, and still letting more in. Do you see China, Korea, Turkey, Pakistan, Japan, etc. doing this? A few and no one would have been bothered but it has went too far, we have to draw the line somewhere. What are we going to do just keep letting more in until we are outnumbered in our own country?

  5. According to the news today, only 20% of people in Britain would be prepared to step up to the mark should there be a general war.

    • Well that’s not bad if you considered the demographic spread, a good portion of people in britian will be:
      1) children
      2) Mums
      3) a bit old and crumbly

      So actually 20% is good.

  6. A former senior general said something like, “National Service may have been great for the country, but it damn near ruined the army.”

    • How so? I have never understood this divisiveness of conscript and reserve/guard armies. When every major Military and most of the minor ones in WWI and WWII engaged in the practice. Fully professional armies look good on paper but often prove themselves incapable of sustained operations in wartime.
      As long as you have a backbone of professional NCOs and Officers their is very little difference in performance. Issues of training and discipline only begin to occur when you deprive those types of Armies of their experienced cadres of senior NCOs and Officers.

  7. Living in France I have to say that the country is less segregated in the smaller towns and cities than in the UK. I lived in Oldham and Rochdale and they compare badly to similar places in France. That’s not to say there is not significant segregation in French cities, there is,and it is a problem.

  8. In my personal view everyone should be given the opportunity to support our society, this should include anyone of working age who is not employed elsewhere.

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