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Texting under the table should be a thing of the past after French children returned to class Monday following a nationwide ban on mobile phones in schools. The new rule, a campaign pledge of President Emmanuel Macron, was brought in under a law passed in July which for primary and junior schools also banishes tablets and smart watches. Nearly 90 percent of French 12- to 17-year-olds have a mobile phone, and supporters hope the ban will limit the spread of violent and pornographic content among children.Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has hailed the legislation as "a law for the 21st century" that would improve discipline among France's 12 million pupils.Research shows that in French schools that have already banned phones, many pupils admit to breaking the rules.
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