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No Restrictions in France Against Students from Roumania: End of Numerus Clausus Scare

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The Roumanian Government has been notified by the French Ambassador here that the French Ministry of Education does not intend to enforce any restrictions against Roumanian students studying in France.

The report relates to a matter which aroused a great deal of apprehension among Roumanian Jews last March.

The Dean of the Medical Faculty of Bucharest University was stated in the Bucharest press to have received a communication from the Medical Faculty of Paris University, signed by the Dean, Professor Balthazard, pointing out that there are 511 Roumanian students studying at the Medical Faculty in Paris, 436 of them working for a French State Diploma to enable them to practise modicine. At least 400 of these students intended to practise in France, and therefore it was intended to take measures to stem this flow of aliens by introducing a restriction law. 80 per cent. of the Roumanian students, the letter said, are of Jewish faith, and it was therefore apprehended that the numerus clausus would be directed mainly against those Roumanian students who are Jews.

The Medical Faculty of Bucharest University submitted the communication to the Minister of Education in the late Government, Professor Costacescu, who approved the proposed measure.

Professor Balthazard, when approached by the J.T.A. in Paris denied the authenticity of the passages in the letter purporting to speak of the numbers and status of the Roumanian Jewish students in Paris.

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