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French health authorities estimate that the rate of STDs across the country increased by about 30 per cent in both 2020 and 2021, so France will make condoms available for free in pharmacies for anyone under 25 starting in 2023.

The move, which comes as high inflation squeezes household budgets, aims to fight a rise in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among young people.

The measure was initially aimed at young adults aged 18 to 25, but Macron, who described it as "a small revolution in prevention," said the free condoms would be available to minors too.

Source: EuroNews