Kicked Out of Teachers' Rally
I spent the day answering some comments and did not get to post.
In the meantime you may be interested in this video showing a demonstration by French teachers in Paris. There have been demonstrations all over France by teachers protesting the latest education reforms. I have not followed closely the proposed reforms since no school reform of the last forty years has resulted in any improvement in education. French schools continue to suffer under the massive influx of immigrants, the socialist pedagogical agenda, the reduction in importance of French history to the benefit of African, Polynesian, Asian, and Muslim histories and cultures, and the near-impossibility of controlling the students.
The current discontent among teachers involves cut-backs in staff and more teaching time, the usual reasons for teachers' strikes.
But in this video we see Sarkozy's former minister of urban affairs Christine Boutin and the mayor of Montfermeil Xavier Lemoine getting the "treatment" from the crowd of rude demonstrators. Christine Boutin is held in low regard by many Catholics. For even though she has defended many of the Vatican's non-negotiable points on family values and bioethics, she has come out in favor of more immigration and she has vacillated on numerous topics, creating the impression of a woman who hasn't a clue. She is founder of the PCD, the Christian Democrat Party, an off-shoot of Sarkozy's UMP, and she is a presidential candidate. Xavier Lemoine, also Catholic, has made some forceful statements about the Muslim presence in his city, though he has never advocated deportation. He is Boutin's campaign manager.
The two of them were pinned against a barrier, and prevented from joining in the demonstration.
She has proposed the "abolition of the ministry of National Education and the creation of a ministry of Public Instruction". She also advocates a return to "authority and transmission" in the schools.
I assume "transmission" here refers to the transmission of knowledge and French culture. She at least admits that the schools are not doing their basic duty of passing on to the young the heritage of their own country. Maybe that is why she and Lemoine were attacked - he was at one point kicked. The two eventually gave up and left the rally.
Many readers feel she deserved what she got for being so naive and so foolish as to go out and support one of the most extreme left-wing groups of professionals in France. Others say she is just one of Sarkozy's "useful idiots."
Boutin is in white, and Lemoine is bald, with glasses, no tie, and a pale blue shirt. Look at the lady in green, smoking ostentatiously. I wonder what she teaches?
Source: Le Figaro and François Desouche