The anti-CPE struggle continues in France

The withdrawal of the CPE was announced today. This is a victory for the protesters, however the government still has the ability to strongarm similar legislation through and has not withdrawn the other parts of the new law package.

Submitted by jef costello on April 10, 2006

The "loi sur l'egalite des chances" of which the CPE was only a part, remains.

The alliance of unions that opposed the CPE has called for a continuation of the struggle as have many of the protesting groups. The CPE was the straw that broke the camel's back, but the reaction may well see all similar legislation withdrawn.

At an AG attended by roughly 3,000 students Nantes University has voted to continue the blockade until 19th April. A demonstration was called for tonight and a further demonstration and probable blockade of the station was also called for.

Students at the Saint Charles College of Marseille University voted on Monday to continue the strike and the blockade, they have also called for a demonstration on tuesday morning in the old port area.

Students at the University in Aix-en-Provence voted to continue the blockade and have called an action tomorrow morning, in solidarity with workers.

T. R. President of the Independent, Democratic Federation of Schoolchildren, himself a pupil in Vitrolles (Bouches-du-Rhoe) has also called for students to continue their protests and maintain the struggle.

At Lille I university the blockade will continue until the end of the week, after an AG today.

At the IUT B in Tourcoing a continuation of the blockade has been agreed until tomorrow morning.

Paris VIII university has been closed by its President, not in solidarity but to deny the students a place to hold meetings. This decision was taken without consulting university staff. Students have called for the reopening of the university, to provide a space for AGs to be held, and for the resignation of the president Pierre Lunel, he was apparently last seen in Taiwan, obviously events closer to home are not as important to M. Lunel.

Rouen University has almost unanimously, at an AG attended by over 1200 students, to continue the blockade. Describing the withdrawal as a "step back" by the government, but not as "satisfactory". A demonstration for tuesday morning was agreed on, as was the blockading of the major roads in the town.

Montpellier: Montpellier III has voted at an AG to continue the blockade. The president has attempted to gain control of the process by calling for a vote by secret ballot on the 13th April, the students have responded that they vote in this manner already. There are rumours that Montpellier II has lifted its blockade, these are unconfirmed.

A demonstration was called this evening at 8pm in front of the Bastille by Parisian students, calling for the resignations of Chirac, Sarkozy and Villepin.

Toulouse: Students at Toulouse Mirail university have reacted "sceptically" to the withdrawal of the CPE and have voted to continue both the blockade and the Strike until next thursday. Teaching staff have supported this move and have voted to continue their own strike action until tuesday. They have called for students from the Toulouse to join a mass demonstration. A programme of action for this week has been published.
students at Toulouse Rangeuil: AG are held every day and have so far voted for the maintenance of blockades, by large majorities. a programme of action has ben published for this week.

Paul Sabatier university voted to continue the strike and the blockade, and students have voted to extend the struggle to economic targets like Airbus. Students have also recognise the support of the teaching staff who have alsom voted to strike.

Toulouse: 1,000 Students at St Sernin have voted to blockade the school on tuesday. The blockade had been lifted at the AG on Friday after two weeks. The students have called on other students to blockade their schools.