violent clashes break out on the sidelines of a high school demonstration in Cachan

The police present on site were targeted in front of the establishment.



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The Gustave-Eiffel comprehensive high school, in Cachan (Val-de-Marne), March 4, 2003. (DAMIEN MEYER / AFP)

A demonstration by high school students degenerated near the Gustave-Eiffel high school in Cachan (Val-de-Marne) on the morning of Tuesday March 5. Individuals, some wearing hoods, attacked street furniture and caused damage, particularly to municipal vehicles. Onthe mayor of Cachan, Hélène de Comarmond, sentenced “firmly” dare “unacceptable violence” and announces that the city will file a complaint. “I renews my support and my thanks to the educational community, municipal agents, firefighters and the National Police”, writes the councilor. On a video relayed by the Union of Internal Security Executives, a group of young people attacks vehicles. The intervention of the police allowed a return to calm, welcomed by the Minister of National Education, Nicole Belloubet, during a trip to the Maurice-Ravel high school in Paris.

“Our children saw small groups, who came wearing hoods to block the entrances to the school with trash cans and sow panic by throwing projectiles at the firefighters”for her part told AFP Diane Merlin, president of the office of the FCPE high school parents’ federation.

A high school known for its unsanitary problems

The reasons for these excesses are currently unknown. LThe establishment is known for its unsanitary problems. At the end of the month February, some of the teachers and members of the educational community had exercised their right of withdrawal to request renovations. Local elected officials from “all political sides” had also expressed their support.

It’s raining in the classrooms and in the hallways.”, then confided to France 3 a teacher exasperated by the situation. It depicted a high school of nearly 2,500 students damaged by its dilapidation. Faulty alarms and bells, cut telephone lines, water infiltration and collapsing ceilings… and a presence of rats. The list is long. “When it rains heavily, we have to use the paper recycling bins” to collect water, explained this teacher.

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