Série loi Blanquer dans les rues de Paris
Ecole St Bernard, rue Saint Bernard. Paris 11
A few days ago, schools across France shut due to strike action by teachers with the supports of parents.
Teachers and unions are up in arms about the government's plans for far-reaching reforms to France's school system (called 'Loi Blanquer' after France's education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer) which was voted through France's parliament in February.
The most contentious issue that has really riled parents and teachers is a plan to unite elementary, primary and middle schools under one administrative entity.
Under the reform French schools from nursery (ages three to six) all the way up to collège will become one single administrative entity, under the authority of the collège whose director will be responsible for all three establishments.
Unions and parents believe that by getting rid of nursery and primary school heads and bring the schools under the control of the college will ruin the close relationship parents had with primary schools heads.
Parents also fear this will simply lead to certain nursery and primary schools closing altogether, especially in rural areas, meaning children will no longer go to their local school. This will give parents transport headaches.