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Quite simply, you need to be good in math to get in, and to have remained in the appropriate classes until the baccalauréat. That means that your parents must have pushed you to be good enough in math (and ideally other topics as well) to remain on the right track. Not having been kicked out into apprenticeships, obviously, not having been pushed (or not choosing to go) into the classes in the last years of high school that focus more on litterature or other similar non-scientific topics. And hiving good enough grades to be selected.

It's more the cultural background, and family environment for homework and encouragement, that play, and these favor those that already know the system - those with parents already in or teachers.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Mar 25th, 2006 at 03:53:31 PM EST
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