Sor­bonne shut af­ter stu­dent ri­ots

The Sunday Independent - - World -

PARIS: Paris riot po­lice ousted stu­dents seek­ing to oc­cupy Sor­bonne univer­sity, and strikes on Fri­day shut down the Eif­fel Tower and twothirds of trains – all part of a sea­son of sim­mer­ing na­tional dis­con­tent.

Much of the anger cen­tres on Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron, but he went on na­tional TV on Thurs­day to de­clare that strikes and protests won’t pre­vent him from over­haul­ing France’s econ­omy so it can bet­ter com­pete on the global stage.

Rail work­ers re­sumed a strike on Fri­day that will dis­rupt travel off-and-on through June. But the num­ber of strik­ing work­ers was down from pre­vi­ous ac­tions, and in­ter­na­tional trains went through.

The Eif­fel Tower an­nounced it was closed to the pub­lic Fri­day be­cause of a strike by se­cu­rity per­son­nel. Their de­mands were not im­me­di­ately clear.

The Sor­bonne an­nounced its iconic Left Bank site was closed on Fri­day for se­cu­rity rea­sons af­ter the Thurs­day night po­lice op­er­a­tion. While about 200 stu­dents were evac­u­ated, a few hun­dred others gath­ered out­side, chant­ing an­grily at po­lice.

Stu­dents at cam­puses around France are now protest­ing ad­mis­sions re­forms that they fear threaten ac­cess to pub­lic univer­sity for French high school grad­u­ates. Macron on Thurs­day dis­missed the pro­test­ers as “pro­fes­sional ag­i­ta­tors” and ridiculed some de­mands.– AP/African News Agency/ANA

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