US News Covid: in Saclay, Emmanuel Macron wants to defuse the anger and distress of students

16:55  21 january  2021
16:55  21 january  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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French President Emmanuel Macron warned students on Thursday to expect Covid -19 restrictions to remain in place for much of the remaining academic year. French President Emmanuel Macron meets with students at the Paris- Saclay University on January 21, 2021.

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Lors de son déplacement sur le plateau universitaire de Paris-Saclay, jeudi, Emmanuel Macron s'est directement adressé aux étudiants, en proie au mal-être. Le chef de l'État a notamment annoncé la mise en place de deux repas par jour à 1 euro pour tous les étudiants. Il en a profité pour dénoncer le comportement de ceux qui critiquent l'action du gouvernement. © YOAN VALAT / POOL / AFP During his trip to the Paris-Saclay university plateau on Thursday, Emmanuel Macron spoke directly to the students, in the grip of discomfort. The Head of State notably announced the establishment of two meals per day at 1 euro for all students. He took the opportunity to denounce the behavior of those who criticize the government's action.

Emmanuel Macron at campus. The head of state presented Thursday morning on the Saclay plateau, near Paris, a national investment plan of 1.8 billion euros over five years in quantum technologies, called to transform computing and industry. This trip was also and above all the opportunity to talk to students, a population in distress . Endless distance learning courses, lack of social relations and future prospects, financial insecurity… The list of suffering evoked by students during this coronavirus crisis is long.

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Meeting with several students

It is enough for Emmanuel Macron to take up the subject personally. Several weeks ago, during an interview with Brut in early December, he recognized that it is "hard to be 20 years old in 2020". At midday, he was to meet several students on the Saclay plateau, in the Yvelines, to try to answer these problems.


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mask Last week, Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, announced the return of the tutorials next Monday in two groups. As Europe 1 announced, the government should also set up a check so that students who so wish can benefit from three consultations with a psychologist without advance payment. At midday, the Head of State announced the establishment of two meals a day at 1 euro for all students.

Macron defends the "errors"

Students are experiencing this health crisis more and more badly where heroism consists in staying at home. Emmanuel Macron does not want the student depression to turn into a political crisis, while the executive finds itself under fire from criticism for its management of events.

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To sweep away these grievances formulated from all sides, the Head of State defended the measures taken by the government. "Everyone makes mistakes, every day. The one who does not make a mistake or the one who does not make a mistake is the one who does not seek, or does nothing, or does the same the day before, mechanically ", pointed out Emmanuel Macron. "We need to have women and men who seek, who have the ability to invent what is not yet noticeable and to make mistakes in order to be able to correct as quickly as possible and improve. That's what makes a great nation. "

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© Marshal Aurore / ABACA Christophe Dechavanne: sickened by a revolting situation, the host shows his support Christophe Dechavanne expressed his sadness on Twitter after having relayed images of the distress of students, who queue in the street for food distribution. The French students are doing badly. If we often stress the impact of the health crisis on the elderly, the main victims (in the medical sense) of the coronavirus epidemic, the youngest are also in unimaginable distress.

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