Thursday, July 26, 2007

Xavier Darcos - Update

Here is a follow-up, from Le Salon Beige, to a earlier post on Minister of Education Xavier Darcos. It will be recalled that he had initially banned the showing of a video depicting an abortion to middle and high school students. Under pressure from education unions and movie lobbies he rescinded the ban in order to reexamine the issue. Now his final decision has been made:

The Rumanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, winner of the Palme d'Or at the recent Cannes Film Festival, "will be allowed to be shown" in middle and high schools, announced the Ministry of National Education yesterday. The Ministry followed the advice of the National Film Ratings Commission "which proposes a distribution with a warning, but to the entire public," according to the Ministry's communiqué.

The film had been awarded the National Education Prize. Xavier Darcos had at first decided not to have the movie edited onto DVD for pedagogic use, judging it to be "potentially shocking and traumatic for pupils between 11 and 18." Faced with pressure, he reversed his decision, allowing himself some time for reconsideration. Today, he has definitively reversed course.

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