Thursday, March 30, 2006

Even the Belgians are annoyed

With the revolting French students:

Katya Torfs, a Belgian whose economics lessons at the prestigious Sorbonne were scrapped after the university in central Paris was closed by strikes and blockades, criticised the student leadership.

"There was never any real general assembly to decide on the strike," Torfs complained.

....When it comes to attracting foreign students, France lies in fourth place behind the United States, Britain and Germany. To try to make up the gap, France last year set up a specialist university for economics studies along the lines of the London School of Economics.

But for Pierre-Emmanuel Lenfant, a 26-year-old Belgian drawn to Paris for its cultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere, the anti-CPE movement is not likely to damage France's image further.

"It's too late for that," he said. "The classic image of a French man used to be the guy in a beret with a baguette under his arm. Soon it'll be a youth wearing a hood with a baseball bat in his hands."

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