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    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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