Vol.62/No.42 November 23, 1998
Students win some gains in France
In response to massive high school student mobilizations in
mid-October calling for more teachers and better schools,
French education minister Claude Allegre announced an addition
to the government education budget, including hiring some
teachers and other school personnel. This fell short of the
students' demands, especially for lowering class sizes. The
high school students coordinating committee in Lyon dubbed the
measure "ridiculous" and the main high school teachers union,
SNES, called it inadequate. The pro-Socialist Party youth group
supported it and refused to back further protest actions.
Above, students rally in Paris October 20, part of
demonstrations totaling 280,000 that day nationwide.
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