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17 May 2019 | 10:04 AM UTC

France: Education reforms protest in Paris May 18 /update 1

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Protesters to demonstrate against proposed education reforms in Paris May 18; localized disruptions likely near any protest event

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/17/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/19/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France, Paris

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Protesters will stage a protest over proposed education reforms, also known as the Blanquer Law, on Saturday, May 18, in Paris. Demonstrators will gather at 13:30 (local time) at Montparnasse and march towards Place d'Italie. Transportation disruptions are likely around the march route. Associated protests are likely in other cities across France. 


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.

Several related protests have been held across France since Tuesday, May 14, notably in Paris.


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


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