The Conseil Constitionnel (the "neuf Sages") has just given its judgment: the CPE is totally legal.
It's a court that decides on the constitutionality of laws. Only a few people can apply to it for a decision-- the President of France, the Prime Minister, the heads of the Senate and Assembly, and since 1974, also 60 senators and 60 delegates. Because of the rather conservative composition of the court, most people expected it to decide this way.
The CPE is more unpopular than ever: 83% of the French are against it.
Jacques Chirac is going to speak tomorrow evening at 20h. He has been strenuously avoiding taking any public position. on it. I'm sure he approves of the CPE and yet wants to stay popular. The Socialists say they will not negotiate but want the withdrawal of the law.
In Paris, within the past few hours, thirty or so students blocked the Périphérique and invaded the Gare de Lyon to harass the TGV, but were "peacefully evacuated by the forces of order."
The whole thing is making me feel very foreign here. Maybe like French people in the U.S. faced by the 54% of Americans who do not believe humans evolved from earlier species. This is the best article I've seen in English on how the students feel. I have a lot of sympathy for them. I think they're wrong, and will lose the battle in the long run; but it's their country.