It was another protest against a protest – people in Paris have been demonstrating against a blockade of universities and colleges. The closure of some campuses has been the result of demonstrations over a controversial youth employment contract.One protester said: “We’re here to claim our student freedom. We understand people have the right to demonstrate, that they’re against the CPE law, but they don’t have the right to stop the majority from studying.” Another said: “Letting people rally, no problem. We can be for or against whatever we like, the CPE or anything else. There’s no problem. But you don’t blockade a country or a campus. That’s why we’re here. There’s nothing political behind it.” Unions and student groups have rejected President Chirac’s offer to water-down the jobs law, promising to stage another national day of action on Tuesday.
An anti-protest demonstration in France