French schools to introduce choirs - The French government has announced that mobile phones will be banned in French schools by September 2018, and that choirs will be introduced over the next two years. By September 2018, all of France’s 7,000 collèges will have choirs, where children will have the choice to sing two hours a week. Currently, one out of four French schools has a choir. The programme will be rolled out to all French primary schools over the next two years. “The idea is to bring culture into the classroom in the long term Schools’ repertoire will have to be a blend of classical music and a popular tunes including some French classics by Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf or the French national anthem ‘La Marseillaise’.