Under the new law, students have to turn their phones off during the day or put them in lockers, the Associated Press reported. Schools will independently deal with the logistics of how students will be kept away from their phones, the news agency said.
The law was introduced amid fears that students were becoming too dependent on and distracted by their smartphones.
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer in June hailed the legislation as “a law for the 21st century,” and said it would improve discipline among France’s 12 million schoolchildren, Agence France-Presse reported.
“Being open to technologies of the future doesn’t mean we have to accept all their uses,” he said.