THURSDAY in The Complete France Post Bag Posted October 17, 2007 Neither of my children in primaire has yet come home with a note warning of the teachers not being there or, more importantly ,of the cantine being closed. Since we are now Wednesday, I don't think this is going to happen (although it's still possible) I haven't heard anyone mention that they are striking on Thursday in either of my collèges, although I'm assuming that the handful of strongly unionised teachers will. (and I mean a handful) The cantine is open. I have a feeling that there will be more pupils absent than teachers again. (It's amazing how they can translate the fact that only the art teacher will be missing and they don't have art on Thursday into "I haven't got any lessons because the teachers are all on strike, mum") one pupil managed to tell her mother that the strike was today so she was kept home. Reminder, primary schools are supposed to take pupils even if the teacher is absent, unless all the teachers are on strike, then they can close. They don't have to provide school meals or cantine facilities. Secondary schools have to stay open, have to take any pupils who come in and must provide somewhere to eat a packed lunch if school meals aren't provided.