France: Student strikes and blockades to continue

1000 school students march in solidarity demo in Perpignan
1000 school students march in solidarity demo in Perpignan

Today will be an important day for the student movement with Police and university authorities ending most occupations before the weekend.

Submitted by jef costello on November 19, 2007

Today will be a return to struggle, or in some cases a beginning. The first blockade of Paris VIII began today at 7am. Many universities will be holding AGs this week to decide whether to continue the movement, which up until now has continued to grow.

A full report has not been issued publicly by the national coordination meeting held in Tours over the weekend, although its contents will be made available at AGs and comités de mobilisation (strike comittees) over the next couple of days. One of the issues discussed was the need to ensure that the movement continues to grow within universities, encouraging new students to join protests rather than expecting CPE veterans to win the strike for them.

Students from lycées in Perpignan, Paris and Nantes have mounted protests and there are reports of strikes. In Lyon the occupied campus is holding a coordination meeting today for school students wishing to organise AGs and strikes.