As France reels from industrial action across a number of sectors secondary schools and colleges have joined the battle against pension reform and a hike in the retirement age.
Some 299 educational institutions across France are being picketed by striking students.
The youths say they are striking to protect their futures:
“It’s about us, it’s about the youth. Why should we pay for the crisis, why should we pay for the actions of financial institutions and banks.”
The decision by pupils to support the dispute against President Sarkozy’s plans evokes memories of May 1968, when a series of student strikes nearly brought down the government.
Sarkozy and his conservative allies claim the country needs to raise the retirement age to help bring its budget deficit under control.