Unrest at French universities after student sets himself alight over debts

Demonstrations have taken place across French cities in solidarity with a 22-year-old who set himself alight to highlight student poverty. The Guardian reports.

Unrest erupted at universities after the undergraduate, named only as Anas K, set himself on fire in the city of Lyon on Friday to highlight his financial difficulties and protest at the education policies of Emmanuel Macron.

The political science student suffered 90% burns and was said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

Students said the action was a response to Anas K’s “desperate gesture”, which symbolised the financial and future insecurity faced by youngsters in France.

Before dousing himself with petrol and setting himself on fire Anas K posted a Facebook message outlining his financial problems and said he was choosing to set himself alight outside the building that housed the regional student aid centre. It was, he wrote, a “political target … representing the education ministry and, therefore, the entire government”.

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