“And the Sorbonne, who owns it, it’s ours!” » : Several hundred students gathered on Thursday April 14 in a tense atmosphere with the police in front of the emblematic university in Paris, which had been occupied since the previous day, to condemn the “wrong choice” what characterizes the duel between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen in the second round of the presidential election. Hundreds of students have been mobilizing in Paris, Nancy and even Reims since Wednesday to protest against the results of the first round of presidential elections and to draw attention to environmental and social issues.
“Sorbonne, Sorbonne, Antifa”, “No, no, no to Le Pen or Macron”, “Let us in!” »chanted the students gathered in front of the university’s main entrance, Place de la Sorbonne, which was blocked by a CRS cord. Atop a large banner hanging from a balcony read: “Angry Youth”. A general meeting attended on Wednesday and several hundred students “The Sorbonne building was still partially occupied” Thursday, according to the communications department of the Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne University.
On the windows of the building where a banner hung “Sorbonne occupied against Macron, Le Pen and their world”Students, some dressed in black trying to hide their faces, wrote messages on a board for protesters who had come to attend a general assembly.
At around 1:30 p.m., the CRS pushed back the students gathered in the plaza, causing a mob and tear gas blasts, causing no injuries. The young people, some red-eyed, stood back singing “And everyone hates the police”. The students threw objects such as trash cans, fire extinguishers, bottles or even furniture at the windows, a journalist from Agence France-Press reported on the spot.
“Young people are faced with a wrong choice”
“Macron and Le Pen do not represent us at all. These are two equally bad options and we are tired of having to choose between plague and cholera.”explains Clémence, 23, a master’s student in English at the Sorbonne, covering her face with a white scarf. “We ask ourselves what future we will have in a few years. We worry about the climate, the precariousness, the political climate. »
“We will have five years of ultraliberalism or fascism. It’s a disaster for our generation. It feels like that election has been stolen from us, and it is our future that is being stolen from us. We react »adds Eli, a masters student in philosophy at the Sorbonne, who also declined to give his last name.
The communications department of Paris-I explained that the courses were “kept at a distance” until “Saturday 16 April inclusive”. All pages (about ten, including Tolbiac’s) are “Closed to students but open to staff”.
Next to the Sorbonne, premises of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), on the Jourdan campus (14and arrondissement of Paris) are occupied. Access to the Sciences Po Paris campus in Nancy was blocked on Wednesday, and eighty people gathered in front of the Reims branch on Thursday, according to the prefecture.
In Paris, one hundred and fifty students blocked the entrance to the Science Po at 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, where Mr Macron mainly studied. Banners displayed the following slogans: “No neighborhood for fachos, no fachos in our neighborhoods”, “No, far right”, “Anti-Fascist Feminists”. “Young people are faced with a wrong choice, two options that harm them in both cases”regrets Baptiste, 22, a third-year student and union member of Solidaires, a union that supports this movement. “It is a wind of revolt and rejection of the situation”he continued.
“We are part of this continuity by mobilizing this school, which is an emblematic place for Macronie, its system, its ideology and the people who make it. It is important for us to show that we are also mobilizing in these places. »