Top French law school accused of psychological bullying


France's most prestigious law school is being taken to court for the psychological harassment of four employees it is firing. The plaintiffs allege mistreatment leading to burn-out, illness and even depression by a haughty, dictatorial management. On top of that, students unhappy with poor quality teaching, last-minute cancellation of courses and exams and inadequate training are saying their fees should be reimbursed. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan explains how such an elite institution could reach this situation.

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In recent weeks, students at the Paris-based École de Formation Professionnelle des Barreaux (EFB), the biggest of France's 11 law schools, have taken to social networks to denounce poor organisation and teaching and to demand their money back. And now, as if that were not enough, the institution is embroiled in an unprecedented labour dispute.