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by L.M.

Education: French Senators from the Right cancel the creation of 9,500 new posts proposed in the budget

Translated Monday 8 December 2014, by Anne Sanders

On Thursday 4th December, in the vote on the finance bill, members of the Senate, France’s Upper House, reneged on plans for the creation of 9,500 posts in the French education system in 2015.

The amendment, which withheld funding for this measure, was passed by 182 votes by senators from the centre-right UMP and Centre parties, against 156 votes by Socialist, Communist, RDSE (Rassemblement démocratique et sociale européen) (majority PRG) and Ecology parties. “The new majority in the Senate believes the creation of posts to be inopportune, “ said Gerard Longuet, joint author of this amendment, along with Jean-Claude Carle.
“On the contrary, we need to put pressure on the numbers of staff, in order to improve the spread of resources.”

Parties on the Left denounced the amendment, which they deem “irresponsible”, given that France is regularly criticised for its poor record in the struggle against inequality.
“The parties of the Right in the Senate are returning to a cold, calculating approach. This led in the past to the cutting of 80,000 posts and the closing of 1,000 schools,” said Jacques-Bernard Magner from the Socialist PS Party.

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