Monday, January 12, 2009

Lycée Reform

After success retreats on the issue of lycée reform, President Sarkozy is trying to regain the initiative. He has assigned Sciences Po head Richard Descoings to embark on a fact-finding mission, or, as the Elysée rather more effusively puts it, "une mission "d'analyse, de compréhension, d'écoute et de proposition" sur la réforme du lycée."Although this has the feel of the time-honored practice of assigning a thorny and intractable issue to a "blue-ribbon commision" that will lay it safely to rest for another few years, it may turn out to be more than that, since Descoings is no neophyte at the political and media game. But don't expect action anytime soon.

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