a Saint-Étienne university site blocked again

a Saint-Étienne university site blocked again
a Saint-Étienne university site blocked again

By Le Figaro with AFP

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At the start of the week, the establishment had already been the target of blockages before being evacuated by the police.
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As at the beginning of the week, some students blocked the entrance to the Jean-Monnet University of Saint-Étienne this Thursday morning.

A handful of students demanding a ceasefire in Gaza blocked access this Thursday to a university site in Saint-Étienne, where the police had already intervened on Tuesday, noted an AFP correspondent.

Like Monday morning, around fifteen students piled up trash cans in front of the entrances to the Jean-Monnet University building which houses the department of political and territorial studies, the Lyon IEP branch, and the Saint-Étienne School of Economics.

The police intervened on Tuesday to dislodge them and a delegation was immediately received by the president of the university, Florent Pigeon, to whom they asked to be able to organize a conference on Palestine. During this meeting, “we failed to reach an agreement”one of their representatives declared to AFP to explain the resumption of the blockade the day after the 1er may.

Ensure public “maintenance of order”

The police also intervened in recent days at Sciences Po Paris after a mobilization marred by tensions, and at the Sorbonne to evacuate activists who had set up tents. The mobilization on French campuses, which really started last week, echoes the protests agitating prestigious American universities.

The Minister of Higher Education, Sylvie Retailleau, asked university presidents on Thursday to ensure “preserve the order” public, using “the fullest extent of powers” which they have.

Still in Saint-Étienne on Wednesday, the head of the PS and Place publique list in the European elections, Raphaël Glucksmann, was prevented from joining the May 1 procession after paint was thrown and insults from a few dozen activists.

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