I asked Monique Palomares if there’s anything special for coming of age in France. She wrote…
Until January 1, 1997 there was a mandatory draft. 20 year olds would serve for 10 months (before the 90’s they served a longer period of time). Once someone had completed their military service they were considered a man. Nowadays young men, and even young women, have to register but they don’t have to serve.
In the old days, for young women the only rite of passage was getting married and becoming a mother.
At fifteen years of age, people start learning how to drive in France.
At eighteen, one is an adult and therefore can vote, buy cigarettes and smoke, buy alcohol and drink, and drive a car alone.
Nowadays, there’s still no rite of passage, the only one is the 18th birthday when people legally become an adult.
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