Youth participation in France

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Is there a national youth council, representing young people in your country? If yes, please provide the name, number of member organisations and number of young members.

YES - There is mainly the CNJ (Conseil National de la Jeunesse, National Youth Council), with 176 members to represent the French youth in France and sometimes abroad during international meetings or projects. Youth policy is central to this institution.


Is there a ministry dealing concretely with the youth affairs in your country? If yes, please provide the name of the ministry.

YES - There is any Ministry properly dedicated to Youth Affairs because youth policy belongs almost to every ministry in French government. (Education, Culture, Labour, etc...). That’s why, for example, Ministry of Labour can work on “Youth and Labour access”.


Does the government in your country has a specific youth policy/youth strategy?



From what age are young people allowed to vote in the elections? If different age for different elections (parliamentary, local, regional, etc.), please specify.

18 years old for every kind of election.


From what age are young people allowed to be elected in the elections to the representative bodies? If different age for different elections (parliamentary, local, regional, etc.), please specify.

To become president in France, you have to be 23 years old. It seems for every political institutions, you have to be at least 23.


Are there any youth participation initiatives at the local level (in municipalities), e.g. local youth parliaments/youth councils, meetings of young people with decision-makers? Please describe.

Youth participation becomes more and more famous in France in order to give voice to young people. Few municipalities has already organised youth municipal council. Meetings with decision-makers are as well organised punctually. European Youth Parliament exists as well. The main idea is to give voice to young people in different level, to don’t look like “elitist”.


Are there youth participation/decision-making bodies at schools, e.g. school parliaments, student councils, etc.? Please describe.

In every universities, there is a council of studying which sits to the senate. It has a right of word and a right to act on the decisions concerning the university.

In this council, syndicate students also participate in it, The most importing France is UNEF, it is represented has the National Assembly


Are there are youth parliaments or other youth participation bodies on the national level? Please describe.

There is a youth parliament, but concerning regions. It is a place of exchange for the young people who can make projects succeed (social, associative)


Is there any kind of education to youth participation/active citizenship included in the school curricula in your country, e.g. civic education? Please describe.

There is civic education in secondary school. The main idea is to talk about citizenship, to talk about vote and election and to talk about institutions. It’s to explain how works the political system in France but as well about European Union. After that, I don’t know if they talk a lot about Youth participation and how deeply they are going under this expression.


Do media inform about youth issues? Are young people involved in media and their production, e.g. as journalists? Please describe.

Some specialised media are focused on Young people, dealing with youth policy and informing young people about opportunities, about projects, etc. The audience is limited... But concretely, in general media, the information is limited as well. However, young people get so many possibilities to be involved to information... Too many information are circulating, so maybe it could be better to concentrate all information in one main tool, obviously known.


Are there youth information centres, official youth websites or other sources of youth information available for young people? Please describe.

Yes, there is a lot... In France, a lot of tools are offered to help Young people, to listen to this part of the population and to give information and advice if it’s necessary. In every department in France, you can find a Youth Centre, under different name. It can be an association, or it can be an institution. We are far away from a system which would forget young people... We have a good access to information, concerning different fields and different topics.


Are young people in your country informed about the European youth policy and its priorities? What do you think can be done to make young people aware about this? Please describe.

Communication is still a central problem to all European system... and it means than it concerns as well youth policy. Young people cannot be informed every time about everything that’s also a reason... Young people are not enough curious sometimes to get informed, it seems sometimes too abstract. But from an other side, European system seems so far away from our daily life than it doesn’t seem to concern our daily life. I think than the main problem is European citizenship... It’s not enough deep or built to make understandable European policy, and youth policy per consequence. To feel European goes to push young people to get curious I think...


Author: Przedmojski Julie, Perrot Romain

The surveys were submitted by the participants of the YouthVoice project from the respective EU Member States. The questionnaires were part of their preparation for the Youth Voice project and each national group had to undertake a small research about youth participation in their country. The organisers cannot guarantee correctness of the answers.