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13 May 2019 | 01:42 AM UTC

France: Education reforms protests May 14-18

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Protesters to demonstrate against proposed education reforms in Paris and other cities May 14-18; localized disruptions likely near any protest event

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/13/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/18/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Paris

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Protesters will stage several protests over proposed education reforms, also known as the Blanquer Law, from Tuesday, May 14, to Saturday, May 18, in Paris and other cities across France. The first demonstration is planned for 13:00 on Tuesday in front of the Palais du Luxembourg. Teacher groups have also called for a strike on Tuesday. Further events are planned for Tuesday at 18:30 near the Gambetta metro station and Saturday at Paris' Place Denfert-Rochereau. Additional associated protests and strikes are possible in Paris and other cities in the coming days. Localized business and transportation disruptions, including crowded conditions at metro stations, are possible during protest events.


The French government is proposing reforms to the education system, led by Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. The most recent proposals would restructure the primary school system and is intended to reduce class sizes, require teachers to teach across multiple subjects, encourage the study of foreign languages, and reorganize all primary education under one local administrator, among other reforms. Critics are concerned about the training and experience of teachers in the new system and less familiarity with administrators.


Individuals in France are advised to anticipate localized commercial and transportation disruptions, allow additional time to reach their destinations, and avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution.


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