PARIS – Around 65% of high school teachers in France were attending nationwide strikes against a planned pension reform on Thursday, a spokesperson for the SNESFSU union said, while official ministry figures were lower.
In some schools, the rate could be as high as 80% and some schools were closed, the union spokesperson added.
Figures released later on Thursday by the education ministry however showed a lower participation rate, with an average of 38.5% of French teachers on strike nationwide.
The rate for high school teachers was 42.35% in primary schools and 34.66% in secondary schools, the ministry said in a statement.
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