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Outstanding or outdated? The ins and outs of French education

Grab your schoolbags! In this episode of French Connections, Genie Godula and Florence Villeminot head back to school to study the ins and outs of France’s education system. The standard is considered high and students who go through the system are generally regarded as well-rounded. But critics say it’s rigid, strict and old fashioned. We speak to author Peter Gumbel about the style of French teaching and why so many students fail. Also, why do all French kids tend to have the same handwriting?

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