French baccalauréat studies finally include book by female author

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Madame de Lafayette's 17th-century court romance La Princesse de Montpensier is the first book by a female author to figure in the literature option of the school-leaving exam in more than 20 years, and its inclusion follows a petition sent to France's education minister.

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A female author has been included in the list of compulsory study books for France’s prestigious literature baccalauréat for the first time since the modern-day exam was introduced more than 20 years ago, reports The Guardian.