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France Installs First Condom Machine in High School

November 30, 1992

PARIS (AP) _ France, the European nation hit hardest by AIDS, installed its first condom vending machine in a high school Monday.

″Love, yes; death, no,″ France’s education and culture minister, Jack Lang, told students at the lycee Voltaire.

The government decided in June to install the machines but faced resistance from school administrators and conservative Roman Catholics in this overwhelmingly Catholic nation.

A poll published Sunday showed 83 percent of the French think condom machines in schools are a good idea. No margin of error was given in the poll of 912 people by the CSA firm.

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome has killed 14,000 people in France, and between 100,00 to 200,000 people are believed to carry the virus that causes AIDS.

School officials in Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities have begun distributing or plan to distribute condoms at schools.

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