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Latest update : 2018-04-19

'France has underinvested in early childhood education for many years'

At the start of the new school year in September 2019, French schools will have a whole new influx of pupils. The president says he wants the compulsory age for schooling to begin brought down to the age of three. Emmanuel Macron made the announcement a few weeks ago, saying he firmly believes that the sooner children are sat in front of a blackboard and learning, the better the chances are that they will succeed in life. We spoke to Eric Charbonnier, an expert in education at the OECD.

By Thomas WATERHOUSE

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2018-05-22 Emmanuel Macron

'Macron sees high earners as key to getting the French economy moving again'

This Tuesday sees another day of strikes across France, this time led by civil servants. President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to cull their numbers by 120,000 by 2022. Work...

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2018-05-21 Digital

'The internet is like water, we need to help children understand how to swim'

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on May 25. The idea is to make sure users know what data is being collected from them, plus when and how that...

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2018-05-18 India

Violence against women in India: 'A lot needs to be done to better enforce the law'

India is reeling from a rise in violent attacks on women. From 2012 to 2016, reported rapes of children more than doubled, and in the past month alone there were at least three...

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2018-05-17 Cameroon

Cameroonian lawyer Alice Nkom: 'LGBT rights are human rights'

The world is celebrating sexual and gender diversities on this Thursday's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Homosexuality is still a taboo issue...

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2018-05-16 feminism

Chantal Thomass: 'I design lingerie not to please men but to please women'

She shot to fame in the 1970s here in France as her first catwalk shows full of corsets, garter belts, stockings and "sexier" women's underwear catapulted her to fashion stardom....

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