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13 Apr, 2018 07:59

Paris police clear out students seeking to occupy Sorbonne, rail workers resume strike

Paris riot police have cleared out students seeking to occupy Sorbonne University in Paris, as part of protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms, AP reported. The university announced its iconic Left Bank site is closed Friday for security reasons after the Thursday night police operation. About 200 students were evacuated, and a few hundred others gathered outside, chanting angrily at police. The incident ended peacefully. The site was the epicenter of student protests 50 years ago in May 1968, a pivotal moment in modern French history. Students across France are now protesting admissions reforms that they fear threaten access to public university for all high school graduates. On Friday, rail workers resumed a strike that is halting about two-thirds of trains around France.