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Universities occupied as pension-reform protests continue

Image: Jeanne Menjoulet [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr


Higher education unions support strikes again while academics turn to ‘street teaching’

Around 80 universities were occupied or closed during a tenth day of mass protests on 28 March across France against government plans to reform the pension system, including by raising the retirement age.

Campuses in Paris, Lille, Bordeaux, Rennes, Boulogne, Nice and several other towns and cities were shut down by blockades or occupations. In Lyon, both Lumière Lyon 2 University and Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University were closed. Local news website Lyon Capitale reported that students had arrived at dawn to force the closure of Lyon 2, while protestors at Lyon 3 managed to briefly hijack the institution’s Twitter account.

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