Keyword: schools

Shelved report reveals true picture of France's 'schools of excellence'


Seventeen critical education reports languished unpublished under the last year of Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency. Among them is a damning indictment of one of the former president's flagship policies – the creation of so-called schools of excellence. The aim was to take pupils from deprived backgrounds and give them a top-class education in a boarding school environment. But as Lucie Delaporte reveals, this report written in June 2011 calls into question the very existence of these expensive schools.

The French have some sauce to ban tomato ketchup

French primary school pupils are to be denied the American combination of tomatoes, vinegar, salt, spice and sugar that make up tomatoe sauce.