France: Macron wants a partial return of students to university

President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that students should be able to return to face-to-face classes at the university one day a week.

Emmanuel Macron addressed the students of Paris-Saclay (Essonne) this Thursday at midday. While acknowledging that “the next few weeks are going to be quite hard”, he wants French students to be able to return to face-to-face classes at the university one day a week.

Living with constraints

The Head of State recalled that “a student must have the same rights as an employee (…) If he needs it, he must be able to return to the university one day a week” in lecture halls with a 20% maximum gauge. According to the president, “A student has the right to have 20% of his or her time in person – that is to say, one day out of five”.

He nevertheless recalls: “obviously there will be strict health protocols”. “We cannot prepare for a return to normal in the second half of the year, we would not be reasonable,” he said.

“I do not know how to tell you what we will have to do for the whole country, the virus is very present and there are these variants but we cannot, given what your generation has already experienced, not take take into account the fact that you also have the right to have a little face-to-face need, to discuss with teachers, to meet other students, but we must do so taking into account this health situation ”, he said added.

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