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French educational system 'as mediocre as always'

FRENCH PAPERS - Weds. 07.12.16: France ranks 26th on the OECD's most recent study of student assessment - neither worse nor better than its 2013 score. Right-wing daily Le Figaro blames the current education ministry's "egalitarianism" - in spite of which, France maintains one of the world's widest achievement gaps. Meanwhile, French astronaut (and stellar student) Thomas Pesquet tweets about fixing toilets in space!