Dominique de Villepin

Friday March 24: Summary of events

A round-up of today's main events, including unions meeting with Villepin, university occupations, rioting and mugging of demonstrators.

Villepin: withdrawal 'not possible'

In a speech to members of his UMP party this evening, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has ruled out the withdrawal of the CPE.

Villepin speaks to Paris Match

Rough translation of text lifted from an article in todays Le Monde.

Support for Villepin falls as 65% oppose CPE

But pollsters say discontent with the plan is the main reason why his popularity has sunk, a worrying sign for him a year before a presidential election in which he could run.

Chirac, Sarkozy and Villepin to present united front

Rough translation of reports at

Mixed messages from Villepin

This evening French PM Dominique de Villepin has responded in a French television interview to the CPE rebellion.