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French Government Tries to Appease Critics by Delaying Action on University Bill
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Dec 6, 1986
Start Page: 8
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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Before resubmitting these proposals, which he said had been misunderstood by public opinion, [Rene Monory] said he would consult with all concerned, including the students and their leaders. Monory would not say when these proposals would go before the Parliament again but promised that students would find no basic changes in the university system at the start of the 1987-88 academic year.

There was some ambiguity about his attempt to appease the student demands. Monory said that the government was withholding "for the moment" the three proposals of the bill that have provoked the most anger among students: provisions that would allow universities to set entry requirements for students, to issue their own degrees instead of the standard national diploma now awarded, and to raise matriculation fees. The students, who called these proposals elitist, obviously feared that they would endanger their own chances for earning degrees.

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