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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 6. May 28, 1947

Students in Politics

Students in Politics

The war has also increased its importance. Mnny students before the war were either left or right, but due to the conduct of rightists during the occupation, there was a swing to the left. The universities of France as a whole have a leftist tradition, especially in the arts and philosophy faculties. It would be difficult to find anyone in the arts universities who had no politics.

Despite political differences, students had a solidarity more evident than in New Zealand. The Child case, he opined could not happen in France. All universities would immediately take an active interest in the case, and the student body would take a stand for or against such a student. Above all they would jealously guard their rights to judge their own representative.

Mr. Megret said that he had noticed the prominent part played by sport in the Anglo-Saxon countries. Not that French students were not interested in sport—it was simply not prominent in the curriculum, thus giving a better balance between physical and mental activities. Students in France spent quite some time discussing and arguing in their studies and other social or cultural activities.