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Protesting mother on perch above French city

Sophie Inge · 21 Mar 2014, 16:34

Published: 21 Mar 2014 16:34 GMT+01:00

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With a banner reading: “Autism: stop the carnage” draped over the side of a crane high above Toulouse, the mother protested the government’s treatment of her eight-year-old autistic son.

She claims that the boy had been unfairly removed from school and demanded he receive a proper education. The 39-year-old woman said she was also protesting the unstable position of classroom aides that work with special needs children.

According to the woman, two percent of autistic children in France are in school, while this figure stands at 50 percent in England.

Fire fighters and police have been at the scene, which was surrounded by a safety barrier, since 7am France TV reported. Negotiations were taking place via the crane’s radio. The woman has threatened to jump if anyone comes to remove her.

This isn’t the first crane protest to hit France in the past year.

Last year a French father remained perched atop a crane in the western city of Nantes for days in protest at being denied access to his son.

SEE ALSO: Hero of French fathers or 'macho misogynist'?

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And in May a US grandmother, climbed to the top of a crane in southern France to protest against being prevented from seeing her granddaughter, whose father was accused of sexually assaulting the girl. 

The following day a group of angry fathers remained perched on a terrace on the roof of the famous cathedral in the north-central city of Orléans, after spending the night out in the open in protest over restricted access to their children.

Sophie Inge (sophie.inge@thelocal.com)

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