Macron announces policy of free condoms for 18-25 year-olds

Macron announces policy of free condoms for 18-25 year-olds
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Le Figaro – French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a policy of giving free condoms to young people between the ages of 18-25 at pharmacies across the country. 

Macron made the announcement whilst attending a session of the National Council for Refoundation, which was focused on discussions regarding the health of young people. He said that the policy will “start as early as January 1” and that it would be a “small revolution for prevention”. 

The move follows the implementation of a scheme to offer free birth control for all women under 25, which followed a similar policy for those under 18, with the aim of ensuring that young women do not stop taking contraception because they cannot afford it. 

Existing legislation in France means that condoms are already reimbursed by the national healthcare system if prescribed by a doctor or midwife. However, Macron acknowledged that on sexual education overall “we are not very good on this subject”, explaining that “the reality is very, very different from the theory”. To solve this, he said it was “an area where we need to do much better in educating our teachers”. 

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