At the university of Nanterre, in the paris suburbs. MARC WATTRELOT / AFP

In the media library of the French Institute of Algiers, on Saturday afternoon, Lina, 15 years, does not hide his dismay. “This is really unfair,” sighed the pupil come to revise his lessons. She is enrolled in a 1st in a private school which follows the curriculum of the French national education system. “I choose to go there precisely in order to be able to present the tray in a candidate free-and integrate the university in French then “, she explains. His mother, a teacher at the university, and his father, an engineer, have spent 190 000 dinars (approximately 1,400 euros) per year for enrolling in a private college. They are now paying 350 000 dinars the year for the high school.

The investment is considerable, in a country where the average monthly salary is 40 000 dinars and that of a lecturer at a university of 60,000 dinars. Then the announcement, on 19 November, by the French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, an increase in the registration fee for students of non-european has flabbergasted a number of families. Lina, who had to go to study in France in 2020, will now have to pay 2 770 euros per year (the future tariff in the license), in addition to the costs of housing and daily life. “This is not at all sure that I can away,” laments she. Her friend Tinhinane, 16 years, whose parents are both engineers, hoping for a miracle : “My mother promised me that she would do her best. We will ask for help from my uncles and my aunts. “

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