Following weeks of mass protest which have swept the country Jacques Chirac has announced the replacement of the CPE with a device in favour of getting disadvantaged young people into work.
* “A historical victory after a historical mobilisation”, said the president of the UNL Karl Stoeckel.
* François Chérèque of the CFDT trade union believes that “the objective is achieved”.
* Bruno Julliard of student union UNEF now looks to “Maintain the pressure” after this “first victory”.
Even this morning, pressure on the government had remained steady as CGT trade unionists took action at two French ports. About sixty occupied the harbour office at Port-de-Bouc in the Bouches du Rhone delta from 6.30am, whilst a hundred blocked activities at a port in Marseilles.
Furthermore, days of action had been called for the 11th, 13th and 18th of April by the national coordination meeting of university and high school students.
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