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FIRST AID: Lerberghe, second from right, helps improve Paris hospitals

Leila Fathi, 20, a law student at the University of Nanterre, outside Paris, has been spending every day of her spring break in the library. After four weeks of demonstrations during which her university was blocked and idle, she and her co-students have a lot of catching up to do before exams. Fathi was in the thick of the protests. "We always knew we would win," she says. "Of course the government had to back away from their law after such a show of force, but who would have thought it would take four weeks of protests to bring them to...

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