Education minister apologizes for vacation during omicron wave


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Jean-Michel Blanquer apologizes for the symbolism of his Ibiza vacation © Sven Hoppe/DPA

France’s education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has apologized for vacationing in Ibiza amid the omicron wave.

Paris – France’s education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has apologized for vacationing in Ibiza amid the omicron wave. The fact that parents and students at the same time at the beginning of January were still unclear about the start of classes after the Christmas holidays caused great criticism. “Didn’t I have the right to take a few days off after this year?” Blanquer asked MPs in Paris on Tuesday. He didn’t miss any meetings or decisions. He could certainly have chosen a different location than the Spanish island known for parties, Blanquer conceded. “The symbolism, I’m sorry.”

Blanquer initially only announced the rules in schools from January 3rd in an interview with the newspaper “Le Parisien”, which was initially only accessible behind a payment barrier on January 2nd. School staff, parents and students felt like they were being fooled without first-hand information. It was not until this Monday that it became known that Blanquer was in Ibiza and had given a video interview to “Parisien” from there.

Last Thursday there were nationwide protests against the Corona course set out by Blanquer in schools. More than 70,000 people protested against complicated procedures for testing students, and there were also calls for more protective measures. There will be another demonstration this Thursday. (dpa)


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