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    Thousands of medical students from all over France marched in Paris on April 28 to protest against planned reforms in university courses.

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    April 28, 1983
    1. GV TILT DOWN Demonstrators marching down avenue. 0.07
    2. SV Demonstrators with banners. (2 SHOTS) 0.17
    3. SV PAN Riot police blocking end of street. 0.25
    4. SV PAN Student doctors dhanting and marching down street. 0.36
    5. GV TILT DOWN & SV Demonstrating student doctors in white coats. (2 SHOTS) 0.49
    6. CU Student doctors with slogans on white coats, seated watching others dancing. 0.59
    April 27, 1983
    7. GVs Students seated chanting and waving banners. (2 SHOTS) 1.07
    8. GVs Students running along street away from riot police. (4 SHOTS) 1.20
    9. GV Riot police charging demonstrators. 1.21
    10. GV PAN Student throwing things including barricades at riot police, police throw tear gas. (2 SHOTS) 1.50

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    Background: PARIS, FRANCE

    Thousands of medical students from all over France marched in Paris on April 28 to protest against planned reforms in university courses. Wearing white coats with slogans painted on their backs, the students converged on the National Assembly. They want the Mitterrand government to reconsider a law which aims to adapt education to suit the country's economic needs. According to the students it would deprive university faculties of their independence, increase state control and introduce unnecessary examinations. The student doctors object to a new examination after six years of study which would determine whether they could finish a seven year course. They have been on strike for two months and are supported by over 8,000 interns and senior housemen in teaching hospitals who have only treated emergency cases for the last five weeks. Some 5,000 students from other faculties clashed with riot police as they marched from the Latin Quarter of Paris to join the medical students. The security forces used clubs and fired tear gas at the protesters after being stoned. This was the second day of university unrest in France, but student leaders denied they were seeking a renewal of the confrontation of 1968 which brought down the government. Demonstrations and strikes affected the universities of Lyons, Rennes, Montpellier, Marseilles and Nancy as well as Paris faculties. The government measures are intended to tackle overmanning at French universities and according to Senior Education Ministry Official Georges Dupuy, the aim is to give more students a better education.

    Source: TDF (A-2)

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