Smartphones To Be Banned In French Schools

The ban, aimed at curbing 'screen addiction,' will come into effect in September.

French students will soon have to leave their phones at home before heading to school after a new law banning the devices passed on Monday.

The bill prohibits students up to the age of 14-15 from using smartphones, tablets and other connected devices at school, according to Agence France-Presse.

The new law, set to come into effect in September, will require students switch off their phones or leave them at home but allows schools to make exceptions for certain extra-curricular activities or disabled pupils.

Nine in ten French teenagers own a smartphone.

The legislation is also set to allow secondary schools to decide whether to impose a total or partial ban on the devices.

Nearly nine in ten French teenagers aged between 12 to 17 own a smartphone.

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed the introduction of the law in a Tweet yesterday.

"The general ban on mobile phones in schools and colleges has been definitively adopted by the National Assembly today," he said. "Commitment held."

The prohibition is aimed at reducing excessive mobile usage by young people, education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told French news channel BFMTV, according to CNN.

“We know today that there is a phenomenon of screen addiction, the phenomenon of bad mobile-phone use,” he said.

The move comes eight years after a law passed in 2010 prohibited smartphone use during class.