Point of view
Wake up, Lenin, they have all gone mad
- 115 schools blockaded – government
- 120-200 blockaded – unions
University and high school students have taken to the streets in France to demand the government withdraw its to plans to reform employment law.
The French education ministry said 115 high schools around the country had been blockaded.
The organisers have put the figure at between 120 and 200.
Student marches have been organised in several cities across France.
The planned reforms
Recul suffisant? https://t.co/gZ2Yw33uSg— Anne Sinclair (@anne_sinclair) March 14, 2016
The proposals for reform will be presented to ministers on March the 24th.
The government hopes to have it adopted by the summer.
Three people have been arrested in confrontations between marchers and police in Paris.
One police officer has been slightly hurt.
Business premises have been damaged.
The Sorbonne, Tolbiac and Saint Denis universities are closed.
The university Lumière-Lyon II is closed.
BFMTV (@BFMTV) March 17, 2016Demonstrators invade the tracks at Rennes.
Train services have been disrupted after demonstrators invaded the main station and got onto the tracks.
Clashes broke out between police and several dozen students on la Canebière, the main boulevard in the city centre.
MARY (@jumary95) March 17, 2016
Rubbish bins have been burnt and a car flipped over outside a high school.
The demonstrations come eight days after the first day of strikes and demonstrations against the unpopular reform.
Since then, the government has amended some of its proposals.
However, some people are still not satisfied.
What they are saying
“Wake up, Lenin, they have all gone mad” – student banner in Paris.
“If you don’t have a stable job at 50, you are a failure” – banner in Paris.
“We want drivers to honk their horns, we want to make a noise to show how unhappy we are.” – Julie, 15-year-old student, Paris.
“Young people are really worried about this, because it is about their future. They want the law withdrawn, it’s as simple as that. That’s why they’re here.” – President of FIDL student union, Zoia Gushchlbauer.