French teachers walk out over Covid-19 confusion


People take part in a demonstration called by French teachers’ unions to demand clarity from the government on Covid-19 measures after three changes of rules for classrooms in the space of a week, in Paris. – EPA pic, January 14, 2022.

HUGE numbers of French teachers went on strike yesterday, with the biggest teachers’ union saying half of primary schools were closed as staff demand clarity from the government on Covid-19 measures.

Coming as France’s presidential election campaign gets under way ahead of an April vote, the walkout is awkward for President Emmanuel Macron’s government, which has prided itself on keeping schools open to ease pressure on parents through the pandemic.


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