In the French capital, Paris, hundreds of students took to the streets on Friday (14 March) to protest the new restrictions imposed on the registration of foreign students in French universities.
LV, SV AND CU: Students with banner gathered outside railway station. (2 shots)
CU: Overseas students. (2 shots)
GV PAN: Demonstrators in procession chanting with banners and placards. (2 shots)
CU AND SV PAN: Overseas students marching (3 shots)
LV: Demonstrators pass in procession.
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Background: In the French capital, Paris, hundreds of students took to the streets on Friday (14 March) to protest the new restrictions imposed on the registration of foreign students in French universities.
SYNOPSIS: Despite the bad weather a large crowd of French and overseas students gathered outside Paris East station to protest the new conditions imposed on foreign students. Under a new law passed on December the 31st last year, a numerus clausus has been invoked on foreign students in all French universities, and places for higher education are being restricted to those who have already obtained their school leaving certificate.
In recent weeks many overseas students have not had their residence permits renewed on the grounds that their papers were not in order or because they did not satisfy the new conditions, even though they were already mid-way thorough their courses.
Nor is it just the students who are protesting. The authorities of Paris' University of vincennes, where over forty per cent of the students come from overseas, have already refused to operated numerus clausus. The new conditions have been imposed as part of attempts by the French authorities to curb immigration and to prevent abuses of the immigration laws.