Grandes écoles: France's elite-making machines

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 20.10.16: Outside of France's university system, there's a network of prestigious, highly specialized institutions. Notoriously hard to get into, these "grandes écoles" are seen as the crème de la crème in terms of higher education, training tomorrow's business and political elite and pretty much guaranteeing a job for life for those lucky enough to get in. But are these grandes écoles as meritocratic as they say they are?