French Minister of Education, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem gestures as she speaks during a session of Questions to the Government, on May 13, 2015 at the National Assembly in Paris. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE
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Teachers in France went on strike Tuesday to protest against a proposed reform of secondary education that has become a bitter battleground for one of the country's rising political stars.Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, 37, has come under fire for the disputed reforms, which concern schools educating children aged 11 to 15 . Proof that education is a potentially explosive issue in France: two of the 10 biggest strikes in post-war France have been over education, in 1984 and 1986 .Sarkozy's right-wing opposition UMP party has called for the reform to be scrapped entirely.
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