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€300,000 worth of damage at Montpellier University

MidiLibre/Scoop, Apr 23

For almost two months, Montpellier’s Paul-Valéry University has been subject to vandalism as part of the strikes and action against the new laws for entry into universities. Last week, the administrative court authorised the use of law enforcement. The judges considered that the restoration of peace and normality was “an absolute necessity”.

University president Patrick Gilli and a police team have inspected the university, and they report that several lecture halls have been defaced and damaged. The damage is expected to cost in the region of €300,000.

The exact figures have not been finalised, but “there are locks and doors to change, areas to repaint, there are chairs and tables to throw away, server machines damaged, the library was damaged…It is certain that our budget will be strongly impacted by these two months of occupation".

Patrick Gilli remains convinced that the occupiers will be back, and that it is important that there is a police presence.

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