French school leavers tense up for the ‘bac’

French pupils this year ending of their secondary education are currently sitting the baccalauréat, the all-important exam that opens the way to further education or the job market, a certificate that is surrounded by the heavy stress of fear of failure, for without it the doors of future social and professional advance appear closed.

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For many French people, passing the national end-of-high-school exam, known as the Baccalauréat, or “Bac”, is an important rite of passage, reports FRANCE 24.