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New French law bans cell phones in schools

Posted at 10:34 AM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 14:10:39-04

A new French law will soon ban students from using cell phones on school grounds.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the law will ban students from ages 3 to 15.

The law is intended to remove distractions during class and to encourage students to read or play outside.

Jean-Michel Blanquer, France's education minister, says the law serves as a symbolic message.

We’re not seeking to reject technological progress—that would be absurd—but rather to master it, to make sure man is the master of the machine,  said Mr. Blanquer, who himself has two smartphones. It all begins with education, he told the Wall Street Journal.