On school, Emmanuel Macron plays appeasement

The main danger of a presidential campaign is the unforeseen. This adage, which the presidential majority keeps in mind to protect itself from any excess of confidence, was confirmed Thursday, January 13. No one at the top of the state had anticipated a national strike by teachers and education personnel. No one had imagined that the movement would be followed by 31% of teachers, according to the count of the Ministry of National Education, and by more than 60% of them, according to the unions, putting nearly 80,000 demonstrators in the street , according to the Interior Ministry. Even more embarrassing, less than a hundred days before the first round of the presidential election, no one had predicted that the representatives of the parents of the pupils would be associated with the exasperation of the teachers in the face of a health protocol considered too heavy, too complex. and too moving.

A poster announces the strike of all teachers, on the door of a school in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, on January 13, 2022.
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From now on, the executive fears that the movement, for the time being linked to the health crisis, does not degenerate and relay the deeper anger that smolders within national education. A subject conducive to ignite under the effect of the presidential campaign. Already in the midst of teachers pounding the pavement in Paris, the candidate of rebellious France (LFI), Jean-Luc Mélenchon, did not fail to accuse the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer having “Half demolished the school”, when Yannick Jadot, candidate for Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV), called for “Mistreat teachers”.

In an interview with Parisian, Damien Abad, adviser to Valérie Pécresse, candidate for the Les Républicains (LR) party, also criticized the Minister of Education for having created “ a big mess at school “, While criticizing more widely the results of the five-year term of Emmanuel Macron. “On the reform of the bac and high school, the objective was simplification, the result is a situation as complex as before. He failed to make education a means of social advancement. Today, equality of opportunity is an illusion and social advancement is an illusion ”, attacks the deputy of Ain.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon gives an interview, on the sidelines of the procession of the teachers' demonstration, in Paris, on January 13, 2022.

” Go forward “

To extinguish the emerging fire as quickly as possible, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, received, Thursday at the end of the afternoon, the trade union organizations of the personnel of education and the associations of parents of pupils. The meeting, which took place at the Ministry of National Education “In the presence”, in the words of Matignon, Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer, also included the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, in videoconference, after having tested positive for Covid-19.

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