Françoise Benhamou

is a Professor at The University of Paris 13.


Cover for: From identity crisis to full-blown conflict

From identity crisis to full-blown conflict

The opposition to reforms at French universities

What began as a row over the French government plans for “masterization” and the revision of the status of teacher-researchers escalated in March 2009 into a prolonged and explosive dispute over Nicolas Sarkozy’s attempt to overhaul France’s poorly-funded public universities, writes Françoise Benhamou. Though joined in some measure by students, who brought new demands to a conflict that was already very complex, the teacher strikes had the paradoxical effect of hitting the financially worse-off students.

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