I think the best thing that I saw today though was the group of students who have started an anti-protest protest! I was handed a flyer when I walked onto campus and thought it was an announcement about the newly blocked buildings, but it actually read something more like this:
The Committee of the fight against the strike
Any student, French of foreign, has the right to go to class.
Whether for or against the university reforms, attending class is a non-negotiable liberty.
This LIBERTY must be respected.
The anti-strike group is protesting against the hostage of students by a small group of agitators.
This is why I have a deep seeded respect and love for France. They will have a revolution over anything. If I were to provide a pop culture metaphor to describe the French’s political activity, I would say that there democracy amplifiers have been turned to “11.”
Whether their paid for schooling yields better results than American college counterparts, I think that matter is up to debate.