At the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle, after the ledge comes the collapse of the ceiling slab – Liberation

Technical problems are piling up at the brand new Paris university, which has already been forced to delay its return due to lack of space. CGT requires the right to withdraw from the contract.

This move will turn into a nightmare for the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University (formerly Paris III). The first return to school at its brand new campus in the 12th arrondissement of Paris almost caused injuries. “On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, a false ceiling board suddenly fell to the floor in the office”immediately after the employee’s departure, will notify CGT this Thursday by internal e-mail that Relax he could advise. The drama was averted in a split second, according to the union. A very bad way to end a nine-year project that cost around 150 million euros of public money.

The staff gets chills from the case. The idea of ​​coming to university wearing a helmet, which was first started as a joke, would become almost serious. CGT is calling on colleagues to exercise their right of withdrawal as their safety is not guaranteed.

“We summoned the affected companies and the architectural office [Christian de Potzamparc, ndlr] to visit with CHSCT»exact the president of Sorbonne-Nouvelle University, Jamil Dakhlia, contacted by phone. This results in different opinions on the danger of the site. Staff representatives believe the premises should be closed until all soffits have been inspected. “According to experts, this would be a rare case. I’ve asked to check all the false ceilings, preferably this weekend.” assures Jamil Dakhlia.

It must be said that this is not the first incident. On Monday, September 12, during the re-entry of freshmen in one of the university’s large auditoriums, a wooden ledge fell on a student’s head. She escaped without injury.thanks to her bun and hood,” according to a witness he contacted Liberated.

The accident, which could have been dramatic, was widely shared by the students present on social networks. As a sign of welcome to higher education.

In June, the entrance gate fell, after which a window fell out of its frame in May… The president of the university even had to share an email to deny fanciful talk about the danger of the campus. Not enough was enough. “I asked the supervisory authorities to visit all buildings in the presence of the rectorate and CHSCT”he claims Liberated Jamil Dakhlia.

The Sorbonne-Nouvelle did not need it. Moving into these premises has been delayed by 28 months due to delays in the project, which is considered to be “complicatedfrom all actors, has already caused another problem: the new campus is too small. They postponed the start of the school year by two weeks at the last minute. Rooms have been rented all over Paris and the courses, especially the language ones, will finally take place remotely.

From now on, it will be necessary to define responsibilities between the architectural firm, the public agency Eparif in charge of managing the project, the 16 companies involved in the construction and all their subcontractors.

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