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New Security Measures In French Schools May Be Going Too Far

Since the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, reams of new government safety measures and orders have been issued to schools, where teachers say the atmosphere is tense and their responsibilities overwhelming.

School time in France
School time in France
Aurélie Collas

PARIS — Since the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, French schools have changed. Before entering, everyone's identity and bags are systematically checked. Students and parents can no longer linger, or park, outside the main entrances. Before the Christmas holidays, all pupils had to take part in two security exercises: a fire drill and a "lockdown" scenario.

All these measures are part of a stream of orders given since the November attacks. A new memorandum, released on Dec. 17, completed the arsenal of preparations. Written by the ministries of national education and of the interior, it has planned, among other things, first aid "awareness" courses for teachers, pupils and their families starting in February.

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