the government in a hurry to adjust its policy towards young people

What prospects can the government give back to young people? The social distress that sets in among many young people imposes another major challenge for government crisis management. Prime Minister Jean Castex acknowledged, Thursday, January 14, the insufficiency of the first support measures put in place for students in the fall, during the second reconfinement. “Their effectiveness is not complete and not sufficient”, estimated the head of government. Alongside the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Frédérique Vidal, he announced a return “From January 25 first year students in small groups” in academic institutions. Mme Vidal, meanwhile, announced the doubling of the number of psychologists this semester.

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“There are still blind spots but our will is to move forward quickly to respond to this other crisis”, recognizes a member of the government. For several weeks, the observation has been overwhelming: young French people are doing badly. According to a study by Public Health France, 29% of 18-25 year olds are in depression. And the subject has become all the more pressing as several tragedies have occurred in recent days. On Saturday, a student defeated himself from his university room in Villeurbanne (Rhône). The president of the scientific council, Jean-François Delfraissy, also warned about “The level of anxiety and depression, especially in first year students who have not had contact with their classmates”, as ” a major problem “.

“Reopen the lecture halls! “

However, this reality has not escaped opposition, quick to point the finger in recent months to the inadequacies of government policy on youth. “It is a real gray area in the strategy of the executive and it is starting to show”, launched Tuesday, January 12, the leader of the deputies Les Républicains (LR) Damien Abad. In the National Assembly, several elected officials echoed student union demands for the reopening of universities but also emergency measures for the most precarious young people. “Reopen the lecture halls! “, thundered the deputy (La France insoumise) François Ruffin, accusing the government of “The imprisonment of young people and their social death” car “They do not vote or little”.

Communist MP Marie-George Buffet believes that the announcements by Mr. Castex and Mr.me Vidal remain insufficient. “Finally, they wake up! “, she reacts while denouncing “Half-hearted measures”. “I don’t have the impression that Mme Vidal is aware of the extent of the problem “, believes the former minister of youth and sports.

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