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Image caption Primary schools and some middle schools have reopened with pupils following strict social distancing measures. It's obvious that a lack of schooling has increased inequalities, says France's Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. "Social emergency" is the term he uses to describe the need to unlock the country's schools. France started reopening its education system after lockdown with primary schools, because it was even more important for young people than for older pupils, he explained. In the UK, there has been strong opposition to the government's plans to reopen schools in England on 1 June. Some scientists, councils and teachers' unions say it's too soon to welcome pupils back safely. Full story

24 May