Fears for French rural villages as class closures loom

Darya Beacon, left, and friend Emrys Baribeau Lugo beside the protest sign outside the school in Génis, Dordogne

Parents and teachers in rural primary schools fear they will lose out as authorities decide how to distribute allocated teacher numbers for this September’s rentrée.

Across the country, banners have been put up at primary schools protesting against class closures.

In the Dordogne, seven classes are to be closed.

Briton Jason Beacon, a writer whose two children go to school in Génis, said: “We are typical of young Brits and French people from the cities, attracted to a life in the country with a better lifestyle for our children, which is now ...

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