- Posted September 27, 2011 by
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Paris: protest against education reforms.
Paris, September 27, 2011. In the capital, as everywhere in France, teachers have protested against the education reforms that are part of the dismantling of public services.
The event brought together a diverse public: teachers, retirees worried about the future of their grandchildren, parents with their children, students ...
An important feature was the commitment, for the first time, of teachers of private schools which increasingly appeal to families from all backgrounds and also suffer from the reduction of credits granted by the State.
In a festive atmosphere, the demonstrators chanted, with great determination, very revendicative slogans against the President and the government to denounce not only the teaching posts reductions (80,000 jobs lost between 2007 and 2011) but also the lack of resources in terms of special education and tutoring to children in need.
According to the unions, the event gathered 45,000 participants in Paris.
Many well-known political figures were present in the march, including François Chérèque (CFDT), Harlem Désir (Secretary of the Socialist Party), Martine Aubry (candidate for the primary election of the Socialist Party), Jean-Luc Mélenchon (candidate of the Left Front in presidential election of 2012) (view 8).