15 March 2006
More Student Protests in Paris
Students protesting the changes in work contracts for "first job" employees take to the streets again this week (it's nice out, why go to class and bother with that degree?) with an estimated 40,000 students around the country in the streets.
Some press are referring to the "riots". Aside from blocking traffic and a skirmish between police and students who wouldn't leave the university building they were occupying (about 100 students were tear-gassed and, according to the local news, arrested) all is "business as usual" in Paris. There was also, today, a protest against the university blockade by students who were angry that they were missing class. Bravo!
In the ten years I've been in France, I've never seen any violent marches. As you can see here, students and passers-by are just hanging out, watching the noisy procession go by. They're actually fun to watch the first few times. Then they get a bit boring. Same signs, same chanting, same banging drums, same trail of garbage behind them...vive la France! Now get back to class, little hooligans!