Friday, November 9, 2007

Student Movement

The UNEF and PS both seem to be less than enthusiastic about the student movement that is currently blocking a dozen universities. Benoît Hamon, who just resigned from the PS Bureau National over the Europe issue, represents the left-wing of the party yet is skeptical that the students will accomplish anything: "A youth movement is hard to get going. It takes simplistic slogans." Razzye Hammadi, who used to head the Socialists' own youth movement, the MJS, recommended that the PS help the movement along by "moving it to a higher stage." "We should ask the government to reorient its policy." Not exactly the sort of ringing and simple slogan that Hamon had in mind, I imagine. Meanwhile, Bruno Julliard, the head of the UNEF (French national students' union), suggests that the government will not abandon the autonomy reform, so that the best strategy is to work on budgetary issues and try to get some concessions on student housing. And the minister in charge, Valérie Pécresse, is making none-too-subtle hints that the groups spearheading the movement are infiltrated by extreme leftists, which is probably true.

3 comments:

dominic said...

Social democracy has always been the best ennemy of any change!they love you!They hate students ,workers ........

Anonymous said...

The Parisian free daily "20 Minutes" Gives a nice breakdown of the student protests (including a google map!) on their internet section here:
http://www.20minutes.fr/article/193404/France-Loi-Pecresse-la-carte-des-mobilisations-etudiantes.php

It is also followed up by several articles with more context for what the students are protesting

Unknown said...

Thanks, Scott.