Corduroy in the streets: The professors’ protest

“Roused by mounting popular foment and bristling at the government’s proposed education reforms, tens of thousands of French university professors and students, including as many as 50,000 in Paris, took to the streets across the country on Tuesday. Of France’s 83 public universities, only 15 were untouched by the protests. ‘The government has to hear this anger that is founded upon our experience, upon our desire to achieve success in our research programs, to achieve success for the students,’ Jean Fabbri, head of SNESUP, the national union of higher learning, told Le Parisien as he marched in Paris. ‘They must, finally, retract the contested texts and open negotiations that have never, never taken place’ …” (more)

[Scott Sayare, outside-inside, 12 February]

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