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Those of us in France right now: How are you dealing with the… 
21st-Nov-2007 12:14 am
Those of us in France right now: How are you dealing with the strikes?

I would be fine with just a transportation strike. That's easy to deal with. But the other thing that's crippling me personally is the student strikes. I'm a foreign student at University of Paris 8, Saint-Denis, and the students there have been on strike since Monday last week. While I understand the reason for these student strikes (and would possibly be in support of them if I was born French), I'm feeling a bit cheated because I haven't had any classes for a week and a half now and it's in those classes that I was learning the most French. Most likely I'll return home at the end of this semester without any credits as well. So frustrating

So let's share some stories, opinions, and straight out rants if you feel like it. I'd be interested to hear other people's stories.
20th-Nov-2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
sorry about that. the french university system is not a business and you are not a customer, so you do not get to file a complaint with the better business bureau. if you really want to learn french, though, you can go to all the activities happening around the strikes, it is a lot of fun, and you might learn how democracy works. getting tear-gased together is one of the best way to make friends.
21st-Nov-2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, I can't participate in those activities, as much as I'd like to...if only for the awesome story it would make. I've been forbidden to participate by my study abroad program and if I did, and had the unlucky chance of falling in the hands of French authorities, I could be deported.
21st-Nov-2007 01:37 am (UTC)
I was also forbidden to participate in "les manifestations" for my study abroad program. I thought that was really odd, and fortunately I didn't run into any. I would be SO upset if I were you. I really feel your pain, so hopefully it can get resolved and you can get credit. It's not your fault that French students decided to strike.
21st-Nov-2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
They would never arrest an american. That would be way too much bad PR. And even if you were, are you giving up on the opportunity of being a hero because you are afraid to lose some school credits? What happen to the spirit of youth?
22nd-Nov-2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
easy for you to say when you will not be paying consequences. Spirit of youth? Carpe Diem? I would say they're more like irrational thinking.
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