Tuesday, October 20, 1998 Published at 17:22 GMT 18:22 UK
French students take to streets again
Students march through the streets of Paris
In Paris, which witnessed violent incidents during similar protests last week, there have again been clashes between riot police and demonstrators, who threw stones and set cars on fire.
Security in the city had been tightened with more than 4,000 police, many in riot gear, being mobilized.
During the march every cross street along the route of the march was guarded by police. In an effort to reduce the scope for violence, police also worked through the night clearing streets of cars and urging shops to close.
At least 50 youths are reported to have been arrested by the Paris police before the march got under way.
Another report said students blocked main roads near the southern city of Aix-en-Provence and near Metz in eastern France.
Education Minister Claude Allegre is due to present new school spending plans in parliament on Wednesday. he has promised action to hire more teachers and modernise schools.
"We must satisfy the students' demands and I believe we will," the minister said.
For the first time, the student demonstrators have been accompanied by teaching staff.
End to inequality
Last Thursday an estimated 400,000 students in nearly 350 cities took part in demonstrations.
"The protest goes deeper than that. We want all pupils to be able to graduate, we want an end to inequality in schools, to a two-speed education system."
With French unemployment at more than 11% many high school students say they have little chance of finding jobs if they graduate which students say is difficult enough when classrooms are overcrowded and have outdated learning facilities.