Why President Hollande fears France’s students


François Hollande could not have been more explicit when he gave his famous campaign speech at Le Bourget near Paris in January 2012 during the last presidential election. “It’s for our country’s youth that I want to be president of France,” he said, promising that young people would be his priority if he were elected. Yet four years into his five-year term and the president is now faced with one of his worst nightmares: that of a protest movement by students and school pupils against his plans to reform the country’s employment laws.

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