French President Emmanuel Macron made condoms free for people up to 25 years of age.
This step has been taken at a time when sexually transmitted diseases are increasing among young people.
Women under the age of 25 can already get free birth control in France.
Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that France would make condoms free in pharmacies for anyone under the age of 25 in the new year. This step has been taken at a time when the government believes that sexually transmitted diseases are increasing among young people. While the condition of the poorest people of France has worsened due to this year’s extraordinary inflation. Girls and women under the age of 25 can already get free birth control in France as part of a government effort. This has been done to prevent unwanted pregnancy among young women of all classes. This current policy of the government was not for men. Although transgender people get the benefit of this.
Macron said on Thursday that condoms would be free for anyone from January 1 to 18-25. But a French TV presenter and others challenged his proposal on social networks on Friday, asking why minors were not included in the free condom rule. Later, President Macron agreed to this. Macron made a tweet that ‘many minors have also had sex … they also need to protect themselves’.
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Significantly, when Macron was first elected President in 2017 at the age of 39, he was the youngest President of France. He promised to step up measures to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted viruses. France’s state health care system does include some methods of birth control, but not everyone has access to them, and low-income patients often have to wait long to see doctors. However, in France abortion is free for all. Many other European countries also offer free or subsidized contraception.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : December 10, 2022, 07:43 IST