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STUDYING IN FRANCE

Studying in France? Sign up for half price membership of The Local

We want students to be able to read all the articles we produce about studying and living in France so have created a special half price membership offer. Read on for more information.

Studying in France? Sign up for half price membership of The Local
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France is the fourth most popular country in the world for international students, with thousands of Americans, British and Australians coming here to study. 
 
But even if the path of student life here is a well-trodden one, moving abroad can be daunting (to say the least). 
 
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the language barrier, seemingly endless paperwork or simply not having a clue where to start. 
 
That's why The Local has written stories exclusively for foreign students moving to France to help give them a helping hand. 
 
For example, we've looked at the the make-up of the students who move here — where they're from and where they choose to study. We've listed tips for Erasmus students, advice on how to survive Paris on a student budget, the hazing rituals to avoid at French universities and numerous articles on the best places to study in France.
 
The Local France now has a membership scheme in place meaning to access all stories and more in depth members' only articles, we charge a monthly or annual fee. But if you are a student you can take advantage of 50 percent off, meaning the fee will be just €2.49 a month or €24.99 a year.
 
And remember we produce many other kinds of articles that will be useful to you during your stay in France, such as this one on how not to annoy the French while you are in France.
 
The picture below takes you straight to our student page where you can see our articles or you just can click here to get 50 percent off membership.
 
And remember to email us to tell us what aspects of student life in France you'd like us to cover.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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HEALTH

France to make period products free for students

The French government said on Tuesday it would make period products free for students, joining a global drive to end "period poverty" - the inability to pay for menstrual protection.

France to make period products free for students
Last year, Scotland became the first country in the world to offer free universal access to period products. Photo: Andy Buchanan / AFP

Higher Education Minister Frederique Vidal said that machines containing free tampons, sanitary towels and other period products would be installed in student residences and university health services in the coming weeks.

She added that the government aimed to make period protection “completely free of charge” for all by the start of the next academic year in September.

In November, Scotland became the first country in the world to make period products free for all, blazing a trail that inspired feminists and anti-poverty campaigners around the world to also take up the issue of period poverty.

In England, free period products are available in all primary and secondary schools – a move New Zealand said last week it too would implement.

In December, President Emmanuel Macron had promised to also address the issue of period poverty.

Commenting on the plight of homeless women, he noted that “the fact of having your period in the street and to not be able to buy something to protect yourself and preserve your dignity” added to the humiliation they suffered.

The move to make sanitary protection free for students comes amid a growing focus on youth poverty following shock images of food banks being swamped by hard-up students due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many students say they are struggling to make ends meet after losing part-time jobs in cafes and restaurants which have been closed for months due to the health crisis.

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