The main left-bank boulevards in Paris were blocked on Thursday (13 March) by thousands of people, mainly high school students, who were protesting against Government plans to make secondary education more selective.
GV Students demonstrating in Paris street (2 shots)
GV Police blocking street
GV PAN Crowds of students standing in street with banners (3 shots)
LV Women watching from balcony
SV AND GV Students marching through street (2 shots)
WIP PAN GV Women's demo down street
SV PAN Male and female leaders of demo
SV Demonstrators, banners and placards (3 shots)
SV Women demonstrators marching through street (2 shots)
GV Street crowded with demonstrators
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Background: The main left-bank boulevards in Paris were blocked on Thursday (13 March) by thousands of people, mainly high school students, who were protesting against Government plans to make secondary education more selective.
Between fifteen thousand and twenty thousand students, waving Communist and anarchist flags, and shouting anti-Government slogans, blocked the roads, and their numbers swelled to about forty thousand as they crossed the River Seine to enter the site of the Bastille.
Police kept in the background as the demonstrators marched on to the Gare de L'Est railway station. It was the first in a series of demonstrations planned by Lycee (high school) students to protest at M. Rene Haby's (Minister of Education) plans.
One policeman was reported to have been injured, when a group of young anarchists at the head of the march stoned a passing police car. Stones were also thrown as the march wound its way past a large neighbourhood police station.
On the same day, the French capital saw another demonstration - this time of women demanding a start to negotiations on women's pay. It had been organized by two of the country's biggest unions, the C.G.T. (General Confederation of Labour) and the C.F.D.T. (the French Christian Confederation of Labour). Other similar demonstrations had been organized in provincial towns.
The women's demands included better working conditions, security of employment, the elimination of wage discrimination, and the implementation of a "true" policy on health, families and old people.