French university unrest threatens government

“Thousands of French university employees marched through the streets of Paris yesterday to protest against a draft decree that would alter the status of teacher-researchers and increase required training for primary and secondary school teachers from three to five years. The protesters also oppose budget cuts that will do away with close to 1,000 teaching jobs. The university strike, now in its second week, particularly frightens French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s government, after a general strike on January 29th that mobilised some 1.5 million people across the country …” (more)

[Lara Marlowe, Independent, 11 February]

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