Sorbonne Shut Down After Protests Turn Violent

Protesting students attacked students trying to make class
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2007 7:59 AM CST
French police officers check students before they enter the Sorbonne University, in Paris, Friday, Nov. 23, 2007. The Sorbonne university was shut down Friday after violence between students protesting...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Administrators of the Sorbonne in Paris shut down the historic university today after clashes took place between student protesters and those trying to go to class, AP reports. School officials say the protesters, who object to a new French law that could lead to higher tuition, assaulted other students. The student protest coincides with a rail strike now in its 10th day.

“People's security is no longer guaranteed," said university officials, but there were no further details about the violence. The school is scheduled to reopen Monday. The Sorbonne, which refers to a historic part of the 13-campus University of Paris, was the site of student protests in 2006, when it was also shut down for security reasons.