Local authorities are trying to break the long-running strike by arresting strikers, rather than by honouring promises made to staff.
At least five people, including the head of the CGT local, were arrested last week. The arrests followed the decision of secondary teachers to join the strike. Ironically the unions had succeeded in persuading teachers to stop crippling blockades just days before the arrests.
The authorities were clearly unwilling to keep the promises they made in return for that compromise. Of those arrested some are facing prison for a list of crimes including offences against the freedom to work.
One of the main demand of the striking teachers, as reported previously on libcom, is that they be integrated into the French school system.