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French teachers march for second time against handling of COVID-19 crisis

A few hundred French teachers on Thursday angry with the government's COVID-19 rules took to the streets of Paris for a second time this month to demand better protection for students and staff against infection.

Teachers, parents and school directors have struggled to cope with the many twists and turns in COVID rules on schools. New testing requirements announced a day before schools restarted after the Christmas holidays, and changed twice since, increased the anger. On top of that, it turned out that Education Minister Jean-Michel was on holiday in the Spanish island of Ibiza when health measures were decided.

"The fact that Blanquer announced his measures at the last moment through the newspapers, that was quite annoying and then we then find out that this was done from a beach in Ibiza that makes us just a bit more angry," said high school teacher Frederic Moreau.

The French prime minister was due later on Thursday to announce a timetable for the lifting of the last measures in place in the country despite the wave of Omicron infections tearing through the country having not reached its peak.

France reported nearly half a million coronavirus infections on Wednesday to leave the seven-day average at 320,000 cases.

(Source: Reuters) 
 


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