March 22, 2006

Protester dies during sit-in at French university

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - A student protesting against
a French youth job law died of unknown causes during a sit-in
at his university in eastern France on Wednesday, a university
spokeswoman said.

"There were no clashes. He was lying on a mattress when his
friends noticed that he wasn't well and called the fire
brigade," a spokeswoman for the Marc Bloch university in
eastern Strasbourg said.

The social sciences student was dead when emergency
services arrived.

Hundreds of thousands of students have protested against
the conservative government's so-called CPE First Job Contract
in the past week, staging rallies and taking over universities.

Protests have mostly been peaceful, but protesters have
clashed with police in central Paris.

One trade union member sank into a coma after being hurt in
violence that erupted after Saturday's Paris rally. Public
prosecutors said there was no evidence police were to blame.