M Bayrou also promised to create 1,000 new teaching posts from next year. Other measures, as part of his University 2000 expansion programme, include a parliamentary commission into university financing. The universities say they need an extra 2 billion francs and have called a day of action on Thursday. Last week more than 100,000 students took to the streets joined by many lycee pupils.
FRANCE More strikes have been called by university students over under-funding, despite a promised extra 200 million francs (Pounds 27 million) from the education minister Francois Bayrou.
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