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Manufacturers of smartphones and electronics and appliances will need to clarify how their products can be repaired as part of a French move to curb the practice of “planned obsolescence” – cause them to fail after a while.

A “repairability rating” between one and ten is to be displayed on packaging and advertising starting next year so consumers can see if they can expect to repair it if it breaks down.

President Macron’s government, which detailed the new rules this week, aims to keep mainstream electronics and devices running longer amid efforts by manufacturers to speed up their obsolescence and replacement with newer models.

From January 1, the repair rate will be mandatory for smartphones, televisions, laptops, front-loading washing machines

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