Cash-strapped mayors threaten to disrupt reform of French school year

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President François Hollande and education minister Vincent Peillon have made reform of the school calendar in France one of the top priorities of the new administration. The changes will see the extension of the school week from four to four-and-a-half days, but a shortening of the school day itself. However, the shake-up of the system will have financial implications for local councils whose budgets are already being squeezed, and their opposition is threatening to delay the reforms, as Lucie Delaporte reports.

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It is intended to be one of the flagship measures of the François Hollande presidency. The head of state and his education minister Vincent Peillon see the reform of the school calendar in France as one of the new government's key policies.